"What moves you?" This is the guiding question behind Lucky Plush Productions' The Sky Hangs Down Too Close, a work created by Associate Director Peter Carpenter. Conceived in response to the themes of conflict and desire in Bertolt Brecht's stark drama, In the Jungle of Cities (1924), this darkly satirical dance-theatre work reckons with the seductive and powerful forces that move us everyday. In The Sky Hangs Down Too Close, Carpenter develops arresting images that recall-often comically-the bizarre and shifting ways in which power articulates itself in both public and private interactions. Creating the work in collaboration with a cast of seven veteran ensemble members, Carpenter focuses on the concept of "unmotivated struggle"-a key theme for Brecht-as a way to understand the ways in which we move and are moved. In this, the piece critiques patterns within the social world and simultaneously recognizes the physical labor and symbolic potency of the dancing body.

Credits:

Choreography/Direction: Peter Carpenter
Collaborating Ensemble: Lia Bonfilio, Benjamin Law, Tim Heck, Jennifer Meek, Aaron Preusse, Jon Sherman and Meghann Wilkinson
Additional Choreography: Elizabeth Lentz and Julia Rhoads
Text: Peter Carpenter, Jon Sherman and Meghann Wilkinson - additional text from Bertolt Brecht's Jungle of Cities (1924)
Lighting Design/Technical Direction: Kevin Rechner
Costume Design: Jeff Hancock
Music: Glenn Branca, Ezekiel Honig, Martin Bogan & the Armstrongs – lyrics and music to "Baby" (sung live) by Caetano Veloso, translated to English by Os Mutantes
Promotional Images: Cheryl Mann
Stage Images: William Frederking

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