Long Table of Contents, for dance and fixed media
Dan Senn - music
choreography by Agnieszka Laska and
Agnieszka Laska Dancers: Allegra Carlson, Cady Cox, Courtney Coughlin, Heidi Nelson, Nick Cavanaugh, Keyon Gaskin
The experiment Long Table of Contents started as a series of etudes for dancers exploring their sense of balance – both: physical and emotional - atop a 12x3-foot table, found in ALD's Portland, Oregon rehearsal space, Polish Hall. Dancers developed choreographic material into a series of solos and duets, which follow the opening sextet.
The whole work was initially done in silence and after the structure was developed the composer stepped in. This is opposite my typical method, where I first analyze the music and from that create movement, usually strictly following the score.
The music is comprised of recorded sounds of the composer performing his own invented instruments, and then an old violin. None of the sounds have been minipulated using traditional music concrete techniques.