The first piece from "Five by Five (moon she be struttin)", presented January 30—February 2, 2013 as part of the RAW Directions program at Dance New Amsterdam, in New York City.
"Five by Five (moon she be struttin)" consisted of five dances performed consecutively. It was the first collection to arise from my current project within which we're generating relatively short small group pieces growing from dissimilar choreographic underpinnings, weaving variously-composed blends of set and improvised dancing. "Ocean's Edge (slow racer)" was also the very first dance to be created in this context.
On one level, the work is simply "about" how the dancers—individually and together—wield their abilities to articulate, play through fluidly, and enliven the progression of each piece. Yet it also seems 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 ride a sense of possibility, and emanate from my curiosity about how we can more clearly engage each other from moment to moment in different circumstances. Above all, they celebrate our ability to reject rigidity in favor of pliable and vibrant responses within the worlds we encounter and re-create.