Built for the concert stage, Elizabeth, the dance is a unique full-evening-length collaboration
between Carlson and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company.
Carlson has structured an episodic accumulation of dances that are deliciously surprising and
joyfully restrained. Elizabeth, the dance traces personal and public histories through the lens of
aesthetics, embodiment, and desire—and is accompanied by a blend of popular songs from the
60’s and 70’s, house music, electro pop, sound effects, and silence all mixed by a DJ.
“Elizabeth, the dance pays homage; first and foremost to the present moment, also to that which
has come before, to teacher, to movement, to that we we know and that which we don’t know, to
brilliant dancers and the powers of dancing, to the joys, disappointments, and mysteries of
desire” said Carlson.
“Ann has created a playfully moving work that is layered with captivating imagery. It is incredibly
whimsical, joyful, sad, profound, serious, ironic, and uplifting—all at the same time. She has
artfully crafted a piece that juxtaposes movement sensibilities from different eras and cultures
and packages them in a way that takes the viewer on a delightfully raucous, theatrical voyage.
Through her deep explorations, she has woven together layers of movements and performative
qualities that elegantly create a wonderfully distinctive dance experience,” said Daniel Charon,
Company Artistic Director.