Presented by the Kelly Strayhorn Theater as part of the newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival October 2013. Video by Louis Cappa.
NOUVEAU the casual non-performative action of being extremely virtuosic at something commonplace. Often, virtuosity in dance is overly intentional - real but not real. On the flip side, post-modern choreography often disdains the development of an extremely technical and rigorous movement vocabulary, instead settling for constant referencing, extreme awareness of form, the rejection of the act which may only be executed by a trained professional. I’m not satisfied with either approach, and so now there is this: NOUVEAU is the transcendental moment of commonplace virtuosity set to bad pop music in the back of a dirty bar.