ARMAGEDDON OR SUNRISE OR SOMETHING is an evening length duet made for and by Leah Wilks + Mauriah Kraker (L+M). The work is built on scores investigating exhaustion, endurance and the sensuality/ the geographic of both internal and external landscapes. The duo grapples with the necessity of proximity to each other: they shake, rumble and drag each other to the ground, lift each other up, carry + sing to each other. pulling from the duo’s different training histories in improvisation, Olympic-level sport, ballet, modern dance technique, photography, and sound design, the piece functions as both a grief ritual and a space for reckoning with limitation. Throughout the work the body becomes landscape, home, monument, spellcaster, caretaker, boundary, and the location of desire.
Choreography/ Performance: Mauriah Kraker and Leah Wilks
Sound: Hayat Dominguez, Leah Wilks
Lighting: Alena Samoray
Costumes: Larissa Almanza
Dramaturgy/jill-of-all-trades: El Emadian
Production Management: Rebecca Ferrell
Videography: Mya McClellan, Stephanie Shaw
Video Editing: Mauriah Kraker, Mary Kate Ford
Premiered at Bluestem Hall on Barnhart Prairie, Urbana, IL - under the kind auspices of Abbie and Tim Frank, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Department of Dance.