The world of contemporary dance is a beautiful open field, where wild flowers grow and the wind can take your breath away. This is what I love about contemporary art, you can feel the visceral, see the physical and contemplate the intellectual all in one breath, and for the audience you get the same all in one ticket price.
We have experienced that open field this past week with Tedd and it was especially poignant on Day 5 when Tedd described:
"you have to be an engineer and an architect all at the same time"
The truth of these words play in my thoughts, even as I sit and write with my morning coffee. If I think about the past week the dancers have transformed into many things, even beyond the scope of the engineer and architect.
Friday morning the cast flew across the studio floor creating a flurry of wind, like a gale rushing across the open water. The effects of their actions go unnoticed by the performers, because they are busy subdividing like accountants on a mean deadline.
In the afternoon, Rhonda left to get ready for her show with Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, (super rad performance by the way), while Ruth-Ellen, Jacinte and Susanne worked as individuals, creating in whole, a smooth and orderly construction of weight and time. Their inner engineer and architect filled the room with a thousand thoughts and images, all through the use of breath and pause.
When the world premiere hits the stage with Live Art Dance Productions in January we will see it all: engineers, architects, the sculptor, painter, accountants, but this isn't interpretive dance. This is humanity set into motion.
Dancers Jactine Armstrong and Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson rehearse Mocean's new work in creation with Tedd Robinson.