Choreography and performance by Clove Galilee; Videography by Jenny Rogers.
Red Beads is a gothic, coming-of-age fairy-tale/opera, choreographed aerially. Lee Breuer's performance poem, drawn from an original story by Polina Klimovitskaya, explores the eerie family dynamic of a daughters' transition into womanhood and the gift, from mother to daughter, (hauntingly performed by Ruth Maleczech and Clove Galilee) of the red beads, a metaphor for the passage of power and sexuality. Using only wind, Basil Twist transforms swaths of fabric into luminous, quivering, ephemeral sets and puppets- along the way, challenging our perception of space and proportion. Clove Galilee's soaring choreography fills the stage in three dimensions. Using the technical advances in foy and a background in modern dance, Ms. Galilee deftly performs whether as land bound Ningyo-buri puppet or as a young girl bound by nightmare, dancing on air. Lastly, Ushio Torikai's haunting, dissonant score swells and ebbs, driving the story while evoking the psychological tension one equates with Hitchcock.
Red Beads was developed during residencies at the Walker Arts Center & Red Eye in Association with Three Legged Race in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in July 1999 and at MASS MoCA during January/February 2001 and July/August 2002. Special music rehearsals were sponsored by a TCG/MetLife Foundation Extended Collaboration Grant.
In September 2005, Ms. Galilee completed her collaboration with Basil Twist, Ushio Torikai, and Lee Breuer on Red Beads at the Skirball Center in NYC. Clove developed the choreography for the production during two artist-in-residencies at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, one at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She completed the choreography in Tokyo Japan with a grant from the Asian Cultural Council. There she worked with Master Kabuki teacher, Hanayagi Sumi on the Ningyo-buri solo sections, a Japanese dance form in which the dancer performs as a bunraku puppet, complete with puppet handlers.