We have started work on a new piece. I'm torn between two titles for the work and am testing both out to see which is more suited once the work is finished. This new piece will be a trio of dances that has an element of being bound together by a rope. Each of the three movements will have a different mood reflected by the rope usage, but will all revolve around being trapped to something or someone.
The first movement is a short sketch under two minutes in length in which two duel dance personalities 'fight' over the limelight in a playful tug-of-war. Each dancer is a representative of one side of a personality. The first dancer being the serious showman, the second dancer being the more haphazard artist. They are stuck to each other just as two sides of a coin.
The second movement will be an adaptation of a previous work I have created titled 'Bound' that is six minutes in length. This piece was my interpretation of being bound to six different versions of yourself. I pictured a pharaoh entombed in a pyramid going over the events of his past life. The six dancers represent a piece of this person, all bound together to each other not only by the proximity of their entombment, but also by the fact that they are the remains of the same person. Six versions a whole. Not quite unique and yet not quite as one. The ropes are used as a physical connections to each other that takes place when they are not dancing the same material phrase in cannon or unison.
The third movement is the darkest of the three. This is where our tortured souls have come to the realization that they are trapped not only in space and time, but also in their circumstance and relation to each other. The musical accompaniment for this section is heavy with brass instrumentation, which adds a weight to the air of the piece. In this movement, the ropes are used as a shackle that binds the dancers to the corner of the stage and in close proximity to each other. We have just begun working on the movement vocabulary for this section and it feels more leaden and sporadic, which is in contrast to the fluid choreography of the second movement. I'm not entirely sure where this movement will go as it is still a work in progress, but there may be a ray of hope of escape from the purgatory that the dancers seem to be stuck in.
You can check out our Facebook page to view a short video excerpt from our rehearsal of the second movement. We are going to perform the work at part of our First Friday event 'Graffiti Twister' at The Icehouse on June 5th. It will be interesting to see how the resolution to this new trio of works turns out.