This Dance is a Cliché: Live finally had its debut last week, and it was a very successful evening. The audience members at Open Performances were active watchers with great eyes for detail, who offered up a ton of helpful feedback and have already helped me begin to reshape the piece to achieve the final product I would like. We had an engaging conversation about the concept of cliché, why it exists and why calling something “cliché” suddenly makes it taboo. (Or does it?)
This piece is going to see several different incarnations, and who knows what the final product will be or if there will necessarily be just one final product.
My first challenge will be to turn this into an interactive dance installation, which will be performed (gasp) one week from today at the Bushwick SITE festival at Grace Exhibition Space. Come through if you’re in the NY area! My piece begins at 3 p.m. and will be running until about 3:30. There will be performances of varying types occurring from 2-9 p.m., and food and drink will be available.
In the meantime, here’s a little montage of last Wednesday’s performance. Photos by Joe Che are available on my Flickr. Special thanks to Karilyn Surratt and Amanda Schoppe for learning and performing this choreography with grace and humor. And another special thanks to Shanna Honkomp for holding down the Flip cam.