This is a section of a work in progress schedule to premiere in New York July 27 and 28, 2012.
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a 12-minute double duet that draws its images from the unseen, undulating quality of light waves (first duet) and the seemingly laid bare physical properties of moonlight (second duet). The piece counterbalances these juxtaposed physical properties on the two couples, drawing upon images from mythology, historic biography, and science. The piece—set to well-known melodies by Debussy and Beethoven—aims to persuade, visually, in an imagistic and poetic sense, rather than depict in narrative form.
Music: Debussy, Beethoven
Costumes: Jon Coskunses
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Sunrise in the Quantum (2010)—a 40-minute exploration of quantum physics and the science behind reality. I asked the question: “what if we could mimic (emotionally, structurally, sensorially, dynamically) the way particles behave at the sub-atomic level?” I then sourced images and theory about the relativistic and turbulent micro-level and reconstructed them at the macro-level, juxtaposing disparities within the context of the unevenness of human experience. The piece opens to a wall of bubble wrap at the front of the stage, pixilating and distorting the dancers’ movements. This galactic setting is then peeled away to reveal a white, spacious environment, challenging the viewers’ perception of matter—the way solid objects reveal spaciousness at the micro-level.
Music: Julia Wolfe, Michael van der Aa, Me'Shell Ndegéocello, Christian Fennesz, Sean Hagerty, Heiner Goebbels
Costumes: Karen Young
Lighting: Miriam Crowe
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Lonely House (2010) , a 15-minute narrative duet in four parts set to music by jazz artist Abbey Lincoln, explores a domestic relationship and how misunderstandings and misinterpretations alter the dynamics between the partners and contribute to the relationship’s decline. Hailed as “a gem” by Dance Europe, the piece utilizes sharply contrasting light and shadows to move from corporeal bliss to existential isolation. The two dancers exhibit different movement vocabularies, which like varying personalities, come together at times, and at others, seem to “speak over one another” in the dance without being heard. The dance is at once urgent, complex and contradictory, and speaks to the nature of love in us all. Lonely House was a finalist in the 2010 Aarhus International Competition in Denmark.
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