The second dance (of five, performed consecutively) from "the long and short of it", the second collection to arise from a project focusing on the creation of relatively short small group pieces growing from dissimilar choreographic underpinnings, weaving variously-composed blends of set and improvised dancing.
On one level, the work was simply about how the performers—individually and together—were able to optimally articulate and enliven the progression of each piece. Yet it also seemed to allude to some of the singular and shared aspects of human interaction revealed through the invented and intuited ways we structure our lives. Whether mapping/illuminating a path or embodying a quality of relationship, these dances rode a sense of possibility, and emanated from my curiosity regarding how we can more clearly engage each other from moment to moment in different circumstances. And they celebrated our ability to reject rigidity in favor of pliable and vibrant responses within the worlds we encounter and re-create.
Choreography by David Appel, with the other dancers (Ellen Smith Ahern, Jenni Hong, Hannah Seidel, and Darla Stanley)
Music: David Crowell, Krakatau
This first performance was on April 2, 2013 at Dixon Place, New York, NY