A 2011 Local Dance Commissioning Project Premiere
The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Premiere September 8,9 2011
Concept, Choreography, Direction and Performances by Sarah Levitt and Benjamin Wegman
From the choreographers:
The use of a hammock first arose as a joke - "let's make a dance where we just get to lie around" - slowly morphed into a curiosity, and finally became a full-out exploration of our relationship with a single object and each other. In rehearsal, we attempted to do something very difficult, nothing. We took naps on couches and studio floors; we read books and took walks. We tried to do nothing, but always ended up doing something. We tried to rest, but soon found we didn't really know what that meant. We attempted to be productively counter-productive and failed miserably. Indeed, the less we tried to do, the more we ended up doing, filling our quiet moments with email, Youtube clips, magazine articles, and silly conversations. What had started out as an amusement quickly became a challenge, a frustration, and a revealing look into our own notions of rest and self.