Rehearsal still, 3/7/19
pictured: Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone
I study exertion, exhaustion, effort, and error.
I use the body to bring imaginary architecture to life in space by formulating precise repeating patterns.
I work to create a constant shifting back and forth between the shapes that those patterns generate, and the human beings who inscribe them.
I use fatigue, and failure, to transpose the focus of the viewer from the structures of the dance to what it feels like to move through them.
I think of effort and abstraction as competing modes within my choreographic framework. By pitting those two modes against one other, I am trying to ask the formal makeup of the dance itself why its performers must attempt its ordeals.