Alice Jepson Theatre
Modlin Center for the Arts, The University of Richmond
October 25, 2013
Artistic Directors: Alicia Díaz and Matthew Thornton
Dance Artists: Alicia Díaz, Thayer Jonutz, Jungwoong Kim, Marion Ramírez, Matthew Thornton.
Video Artists: Kimsu Theiler, Alexis Raskin
Sound Design: Oliver Lyons
Composer: Andy McGraw
Musicians: Brian Larson, Rex Griffin Pyle, John Priestley, Kyle J Dosier
Audio Engineer: Angelo Merenda
Lighting Design: Patrick Kraehenbuehl
Costume Design: Alicia Díaz and Matthew Thornton
Understudy: Chloe Bowman
ABOUT THE WORK
“passing through” is a cross-disciplinary collaboration directed by Alicia Díaz and Matthew Thornton (Agua Dulce Dance Theater) with dance artists Marion Ramírez, Jungwoong Kim and Thayer Jonutz, sound artist Oliver Lyons, composer Andy McGraw, video artists Kim Su Theiler and Alexis Raskin, and light artist Patrick Kraehenbuehl.
This piece emerged from a series of collaborations over the course of two years, initiated by Art Farm, an artistic collective of artists from different media. Parts of it were developed in different states with artists living in NYC, Philadelphia, Ohio, Michigan, and Richmond. The original intent was to create a piece where each member could contribute their distinct talents and artistic voices. We envisioned a piece in which no single element dominated the scope of the project as a whole.
The piece is comprised of four sections: Inception, Fire, Becoming, and Passing Through, loosely following the process of becoming, taking shape, and moving on.
I choreographed “Inception” [00:38-8:15] in collaboration with Marion Ramírez through a series of improvisations guided by ideas of giving birth, breathing lungs, shattered glass, and quiet power. KimSu Theiler shot the duet from above to catch our shadows in movement. From this footage she created a video that was projected onstage during our duet. The image is faint, pulsating, ghostlike. The video projection is not synchronized exactly with our movement. The initial illusion of the live shadow in the background gives way to a mysterious dialogue between past, present, and future. [NOTE: Because of the low light nature of the projection, the image is not captured in the video shown here except for a brief moment at the very end of the duet.]
Matthew Thornton and I devised a choreographic structure for “Fire” [8:15-13:55] that Thayer Jonutz developed over time. Matthew Thornton and Jungwoong Kim choreographed “Becoming” [13:55-20:25]. I played a particularly active role in the shaping of the last section “Passing Through” [20:25-25:45], offering feedback and direction as the rest of the cast created images on stage.