2018 Program

In the late 19th  century, the concept of “art” made a radical shift that today remains at the core of the artistic spirit. This shift was not just a change of content, but of form, process and perceptual outlook. Painters, composers and choreographers leapt from being craftsmen to pioneers, from technicians to experimental intellectuals at the vanguard of their medium and contemporary culture. Today, artists are innovators, activists and community builders working at the leading edge of their craft. The works in this concert represent, for each artist, the ways in which they draw from influences and traditions of the past, while also continuing to seek new edges of the art form, and their own way of answering the question, “What is dance?” Your participation as a witness of live art completes the experience; each viewer also brings their own past to the present dialogue. At a time in human culture when social spaces are increasingly virtual and mediated, an old idea such as live performance feels all the more relevant to the future of our humanity.
David Marchant
Artistic Director
Professor of Practice in Performing Arts
November 28, 2018

Déjà vu

Choreographed by Ting-Ting Chang

Premiere 2015

Returning to Taiwan after 16 years overseas, it took a little adjustment to reacquaint myself with my hometown. This weird feeling of being a stranger at home inspired me to create this dance. This piece was selected by Centre de Développement Chorégraphique National to perform at the 2018 Avignon Festival Off in France and is supported by Ministry of Culture, Taiwan.

November 28, 2018

HYPERBOLE

Choreographed by Cecil Slaughter

​Premiere 2018

This work is inspired by images of high editorial photography and the obsession of the “selfie”.  The work serves as an metaphor the extreme nature of the times in which we are living. From our political views to the “...narcissistic reproduction of the self image” - Michael Eric Dyson

November 28, 2018

Quartet

Choreographed by Christine Knoblauch-O'Neal

​Premiere 2018

This work is the fusion of the avant-garde of ballet as seen through Ballet Russe and my sense of the current potentials in ballet.  The movement rides the edges of various dance genres while remaining tethered to the roots of ballet to form a construct of collected movement and play.  

November 28, 2018

Shadows

Choreographed by Dana Tai Soon Burgess

​Premiere 2018

Shadows is a contemporary dance for 8 dancers that explores the inner terrain of the self.  Dancers as silhouettes enliven a dream world of complicated characters that reside in all of our psyches.

November 28, 2018

Deep Water

Choreography & Direction: David Marchant, with additional movement materials improvised by the Dancers

​Premiere 2018

Each year humanity faces ever escalating crises on numerous fronts--  storms, disasters, disease, drought, fire, famine, poverty, political unrest, war and violence are displacing people at unprecedented rates. With fear and hate on the rise, humanity itself feels, at times, adrift on a small boat over deep water. This work is a poem in seven stanzas for our displaced spirit, and for the hope of reaching a distant shore that remains beyond the visible horizon...

November 28, 2018

The Five Elements

Choreographed by Asha Prem

​Premiere 2018

Shiva, the Hindu deity of dance, comes from the heavens and realizes there is no ground for him to dance upon, so he creates the Earth with the help of the dancers. They ask him, “What would you like us to do next?” With their help he creates space, water, fire, and wind.

November 28, 2018

UnPartnered Dance

Choreographed by Joanna Dee Das with input from dancers

​Premiere 2018

UnPartnered Dance examines the fracturing of community, drawing upon Jane Dudley’s “Harmonica Breakdown” (1938) as an initial inspiration.

WUDT: PastForward
November 30 & December 1 at 8pm

December 2 at 2pm
Edison Theatre
 

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