Photo by The Fleet
AMERICAN PEARL (2019)
4 dancers; 26 min
Original sound score composed & compiled by Willem Vorster, featuring Wendy Rene, Led Zeppelin, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Kate Bush, & PJ Harvey
"American Pearl" is designed to unpack the complicated anxieties that have emerged out of today’s tenuous social, political, and sexual climates. Filtered through a queer lens, the dance strives to create a democratization of bodies by stripping the dancers of their usual gendered roles to create a fluid and ever-changing choreographic landscape. The work asks: how do we keep moving when we are constantly being reminded of external forces that are actively fighting against us? Can emotional exhaustion be harnessed and transmuted into something beautiful, albeit broken? Even in the moments of stillness and reprieve, the dance never stops, with a lingering, quiet queer rage bubbling beneath the surface.
Barn Dances // Garrison, NY // June 2018
College of the Holy Cross // Worcester, MA // November 2018
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway // New York, NY // December 2018
Triskelion Arts Split Bill Series // Brooklyn, NY // April 2019 (premiere)
Original Cast: Grant Jacoby, Spencer Lutvak, Bryanna Vargas, and Alaina Wilson
This work was made possible with support from the space subsidy program at Triskelion Arts supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, as well as residencies at SMUSH Gallery and Spoke the Hub.
Photo by Ian Douglas
wish you were here. (2018)
2 dancers; 22 min
Original musical score by Willem Vorster
Video design by Ronan Hagarty
"wish you were here." is a post-modern dream ballet that meditates on fragmented memory, sudden loss, and Trisha Brown's Newark. On an interpersonal level, the dance intends to explore what is gained and lost as we move further away from past events that haunt us. How might we step back into a physical and psychological space to unpack what once was, what has dissipated, and what still lingers? Furthermore, the work probes at questions surrounding inspiration, influence, and direct quotation.
Artbeat // Somerville, MA // July 2017
Sarah Lawrence College // Bronxville, NY // December 2017
Mark Morris Dance Studio // Brooklyn, NY // January 2018
The Dance Complex // Cambridge, MA // February 2018
Bennington College // Bennington, VT // March 2018
Sarah Lawrence College // Bronxville, NY // April 2018 (premiere)
Original Cast: Ingrid Dehler-Seter and Grant Jacoby