Excerpts from the 41-minute work premiered in March of 2017. Another (ad)venture into the creation of a collection of short dances of varying duration.
What’s going on here?
As a choreographer and an improviser, I’m continually curious about how we wield our skills and abilities to contend with both the known and the unexpected. Pursuing an improvisational course intrigues me because it offers an open yet focused approach to uncovering the body’s movement possibilities, and points to the unlimited number of ways structure can be interpreted, of how we can organize ourselves—reflecting what is unique and common among a given set of participants. What happens if…?
I’m also keen on how the practice of noticing and engaging those around us and the world through which we move in the moment speaks to the vitality of our connections. It repeatedly brings to the forefront ideas about acknowledgement and support for individuals and a community, as well as being aware of and responsive to our place within the larger scheme of things.
There is an inherent theatricality and musicality that come alive through the sheer act of moving, whether in a more conventional performance space or in the street, in an enclosed room or an open field. It was my hope that the qualities embodied by this group of dancers brought an interesting dollop of attention to what is surely an ongoing conversation.
Choreography by David Appel, with the other dancers
Performed by Megan Harrold, Jenni Hong, Elise Knudson, Darla Stanley, and David Appel
From a performance at Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn, NY on March 19, 2017