Choreography by Tim Harbour
Designs by Matt Weir
This piece, intended to eventually be 25 minutes long and feature at least twice as many dancers, is a work in progress. With the time I’ve had with the dancers up to this point, I’ve created as much as I can while trying to restrain myself from being overly precious about what we produce. Matt Weir, whom I have been lucky to meet for the first time because of this project, has involved himself with the ideas we’ve had so far. These have been eclectic and pretty unformed at this point. One idea, as an example, imagines a future rainforest, changed as a consequence of current climate behavior. While distorted from our idea of ‘natural’, it projects a new beauty. I wanted to imagine the dancers as a people seeing this dystopian forest afresh, with no knowledge that it had ever been otherwise and for them to exist within it guiltless and free. This idea hasn’t produced anything so literal choreographically but instead, along with Cornelius’ fun music, sets a tone for our moves and the feeling of them.
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Choreography by Justin Michael Hogan
Designs by Josh Azzarella
What happens when we, as individuals or a society, allow something to become inextricable from our lives? There must be a positive effect for that to occur. But does that positivity cause us to ignore, miss, or become blind to, other, sometimes negative, aspects of this inextricable thing? If, after incorporating it into our lives, it is suddenly taken away, what are our natural instincts? Do we focus on the positives that are lost, or become aware of the negatives we ignored? Does this change over time? In the end, are we better off for having had it, or would we have been better off never incorporating it into our lives?
Choreography by Xavier Pellin
Designs by Bobby Barbour
Proxy explores the idea that the lives we portray online are often not accurate to who we truly are. It allows us to put up a facade, diverting society from seeing our insecurities. Technology has become embedded as part of our lives and it’s affecting the way we view ourselves, and the way we interact with others. Online platforms are designed to help us connect yet, as individuals, we’re becoming more isolated. So why are we completely absorbed by this technology?
Amid Exes and Whys
Choreography by Sanjay Saverimuttu
Designs by Jake Ford
Amid Exes and Whys is a dance project that explores how self-reflection and embracing our true identity affects the dependency and love we seek. This will be told through a perspective of two couples that are mirror-imaged and gender-swapped, showcasing that dance and love are not limited by gender. A unique collaboration with visual artist, Jake Ford, and choreographer, Sanjay Saverimuttu, audiences are invited to explore the themes of power dynamics, self-doubt, and non-binary identities to grapple the messiness of love and acceptance.
Suppression of the Heart
Choreography by Aubrielle Whitis
Designs by Dominic Guarnaschelli
Suppression of the Heart tackles the concept of emotionally abusive relationships and the psychological effects this trauma can have on a victim. The choreography aims to reflect how a woman emotionally abuses a man through intimidation and control. The choreographer, Aubrielle Whitis, understands and wants the audience to know this can happen in any type of relationship. Whitis has collaborated with multidisciplinary artist, Dominic Guarnaschelli. Guarnaschelli’s installation incorporates a video projection of 3D scans of the dancers’ movements with altered sculptural furniture amplifying the atmosphere of control and domestic dread.
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