Petits Mondes is a dance installation piece inspired by the visual artist Joseph Cornell who is famous for his shadow boxes. Thomas East has designed three life-sized wood boxes with clear acrylic fronts, internal lighting, and side entrances. The three performers will dance inside the boxes and interact with the objects within them. All of the collaborators will collect intriguing found objects and create fictional memories for each of the objects. In addition, all of the artists will collect personal belongings associated with their own real memories. Our objects and associations, combined with details of Joseph Cornell's personal history, will serve as the aesthetic foundation for the creation of all elements of the work- scenic design, music, and dance. Petits Mondes is re-contextualizing contemporary dance by pulling the art form away from the proscenium stage and into three distinct, confined spaces that evoke nostalgia and enchantment. This was filmed outside at the main entrance of CalArts. Audience members were welcome to engage as they wished- walk past, stay for a few minutes, or stay for the entire work, etc. The piece was designed to be viewed as a piece of visual/auditory art, so that the audience could experience it as they would experience public art or art in a museum.
Concept/Direction: Darcy Lyons (CalArts BFA 2010)
Choreography: Darcy Lyons in collaboration with the performers
Original music created for the piece: MFA Composer- Odeya Nini
Sets/Design/Technical Direction: Thomas East with help from Darcy Lyons
Video Documentation: Eve LaFountain