Center of Sleep is a dance installation with an immersive visual and sound environment that significantly transformed the Bessie Schönberg Theater at Dance Theater Workshop in New York City, Feb 27-Mar 1, 2008. In this quartet for two men and two women, we investigated the metamorphosing body as a site of intense potential and awkward sensuality. Inspired by radical changes that occur during sleep, gestation, and puberty, Center of Sleep is a place of viscous movement and primal action where the boundaries between viewer and performer shift and become malleable.
Center of Sleep was created so that the audience had to make viewing choices. They could not see everything. The set obstructed the view and often times there were two, sometimes three, events happening simultaneously -- and you could not perceive them all at once. The camera edits here attempt to capture the experience of moving between two simultaneous events, to chart one of the many possible audience experiences. As a result of being “true” to the experience, the dance phrases are not presented continuously, but rather as if the eye was moving between the two events.
Direction + Choreography by Yanira Castro | Performance by Peggy Cheng, Luke Miller, Heather Olson, Joseph Poulson | Installation and Lighting by Roderick Murray | Music by Stephan Moore | Music performed live by Michael Haleta, Stephan Moore and Scott Smallwood | Video by Peter Richards