Niche is a mapped event that contains dances in unexpected, small places. For the past few years, I've been much more inspired when making dance pieces where the audience stands inches from the performers, rather than works within the frame of a proscenium stage. I love being able to 'see' the performer's face, and the emotions, and also the impact of the physicality. This project has grown from performances we did outdoors, close-up, or in a small gallery giving the audience as many options for viewing and participating as possible. Niche will be an active performance; an experience where the individual audience member makes choices. We can reward you by incorporating your story, or you can learn one of the dances. (instructions for claiming your reward will come via email after you make your pledge). The money we raise will go toward paying the dancers for rehearsal and performance time and for the home town 'anthems' arranged and performed by local musicians.
We have two up-close showings planned for the project. The first showing is at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria on April 25 at 7 pm (FREE). The second showing is at Arlington Arts Center on May 20 at 7 pm. Both performances put the audience into the activity. Audience members choose their own viewing order and then walk from solo to solo. Each of the solos happens simultaneously, and in order to see the dances, the audience member must select a viewing order....it's like charting your own journey with more than one way to get to the final destination; like getting a choice of your route on Google Maps; or instead of merely going from salad, main course, to dessert, you go with dessert, salad, main course. Whatever order you choose is fine.
We begin with "Compartment" (which is seen in our Project Video) as the take-off. Everyone gathers here as this first piece is performed. At the completion of that main entrance performance, maps are distributed to each audience member. At the Torpedo Factory, we'll be directing the audience to solos that happen throughout the building; we'll be using the third floor windows overlooking the Potomac, the area underneath a circular stairway, at a blackboard on the first floor, in a small area alongside the railing leading to the second floor, and on the elevator. Each of these 'mapped' dances are approximately 3 minutes long, with 5 minutes in between repetitions for audience members to travel from place to place. Exploring the dividing line between private/public space each dance makes associations with a 'home town' song and with a memorable personal moment inspired by an animal. We conclude with a dance around a large circular column on the third floor (at Torpedo Factory). The dancers proceed around the column like a frieze, precisely mobile and unison.
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