Work in progress (showing approx. 5 min. of 6 min. piece)
Performed Dec. 10 at K77 Studio in Berlin.
Choreographed: Brandon Shaw
Dancers: Leah Katz and Brandon Shaw
Music: "Monochrome Variations II" by Philip Schuessler
This is a work of friction. The skin provides a number of soft pockets and underbellies which cleave together, not unlike the sonic friction between a violin's string and bow. With "Cleave," the dancers explore the way bodies like to stay together, even without using grips, clamps, and locks. While the use of skin-friction and the structure of the skeleton don't allow us to defy gravity, we can still linger, making it wait for us. Beginning with ideas of skin-friction, bony structure, and fascial elasticity, the piece was composed in close work with Schuessler's "Monochrome Variations II."