This past weekend we were able to perform at the ZUZI! "No Frills" dance showcase in Tucson. It was a wonderful experience to be able to get to know some of the dancers in Tucson and to perform for such a receptive audience. We had a great time bonding as a company as well in our trip down south in a super spacious mini-van.
We decided to present one of our new works "Blood Ties" that will also be in our show on March 21st. Four chairs and six dancers come together in a unique coupling to showcase three different relationships. I was originally inspired to create this work by a new song I was given. As I listened to the album while driving, the fourth track hit me and I had a vision of what I could potentially create with this music.
Since there are three verses to the song, I envisioned three different relationships taking place. These were not based on the lyrics of the song but rather the mood I felt while listening to each verse and the instrumentation used. The first verse made me think of two blood relatives, be that a mother and son, aunt and niece, two sisters, but two relatives where one was the nurturing figure and the other rebelling against the attentions of their relative. The second verse created an image of new blood where two strangers meet for the first time and decided if there is an attraction between them. Ultimately during the encounter there is only a one sided relationship that occurs and the attraction is not mutual between the pair. The third verse gave me the impression of blood lust and a duo that was extremely connected to each other but in an unhealthy and violent manner. This pair has a complex relationship where they feel the need to be together even though one of the partners is abusive to the other and physically assaults their lover.
While this is all occurring, there is a consistent backdrop of "observers" silently watching each pair. I made a set of stationary poses that could be repeated not only seated in the chairs but standing and on the move as well. The "observers" are always in the background silently judging each duo and I use them as a counterpoint to the dances happening at the front of the stage. The entire cast comes together to finish the dance using the chorus choreography to tie in all three couples.
We were well received when we presented this work in Tucson and are looking forward to sharing this work along with other pieces at "MAC 1.0."