In the Body, On the Land: Improvisation and Choreography
Capturing the essence of place, breaking habitual ways of seeing, be it in natural or architectural environments, is at the heart of the many site-specific/site-adaptive works the company has created since its inception in 1987. Working with the space as an active partner, we listen to what is asking to be framed in each particular site. We create on location, our process open to whomever happens upon the rehearsal. The viewers walking by see something they cant labelpart sport, part play, part dance, part visual poetry. Curiosity aroused, they are naturally drawn in, asking questions, giving feedback, even joining in. At times challenging and confrontational, at times wildly enthusiastic and inspiring, relationships are forged that transcend the traditional barriers of age, race, class, and culture.
We dance under water, up in trees; we dance at dawn; we dance in summer heat; dance at night under the stars. Going deep inside the body we find the rhythms, shapes, spaces, and stories that are waiting to be discovered, becoming solo, duet and group forms to silence, words and music. Going outside we explore light, site, space, terrain. In improvisation/choreography classes we work with wholehearted discipline, focus, and attention to dynamic subtlety and detail. The weeks work will culminate in an informal performance.
Excerpts from Paradise Pond
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