Choreography: Farrell Dyde. Music: Gavin Bryars. Father: Farrell Dyde, Mother: Beverly Shurley, Youngest Daughter: Norma Culllick, Oldest Daughter: Brenda Marshall, Middle Daughter: Lisa Nicks
This is a post Cunningham piece. In the late 1970s, certain choreographers were attempting to synthesize some sort of narrative thread with the openness and independent relationship of music and dance that was at the heart of the Cunningham-Cage enterprise which not only revolutionized modern dance but also exerted a tremendous influence upon subsequent generations of choreographers -- some of whom wanted to be free of the influence while at the same time acknowledging its validity. This work is one response to that problem. The music by Gavin Bryars is the now famous Jesus Blood which at the time this was choreographed was then known only to a smaller, cult audience of new music fans.
The "acting" style aims for a relaxed naturalism as oposed to the more histrionic style typicaL of Martha Graham's and other modern's work in traditional modern dance. This derived from Farrell's theater backgroujnd which has its roots in 1960's experimental theater at the University of Colorado where he appeared in over 30 productions -- some of them highly experimental in nature.
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