NOUVEAU, part four of the evening of choreography Commotion presented by Dixon Place November 20, 2013. NOUVEAU is about the casual non-performative action of being extremely virtuosic at something commonplace - think of the bartender, flawlessly grasping for bottles, pouring, shaking, stirring, serving (with a little smile that says, I do this all the time.) Think of the cheerleader spinning the baton in her bedroom, practicing to get it just right in the mirror. Think of the butcher in the butcher shop, the slices of meat falling off his or her knife, his or her attention mostly elsewhere. So often, virtuosity in dance is overly intentional - the ‘look at this’ moment, the high leap, the smile on the face of the prima ballerina (real but, also, not real.) On the flip side, post-modern dance and choreography often disdains the development of an extremely technical and rigorous movement vocabulary, instead settling for a constant referencing, an extreme awareness of form, the rejection of the act which may only be executed by a trained professional. I’m not satisfied with either approach, and so now there is this: NOUVEAU is the transcendental moment of commonplace virtuosity set to bad pop music in the back of a dirty bar.

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