Danspace Project's Commissioning Initiative has commissioned over 480 new works since its inception in 1994. Our winter season opens with reprisals of recent Danspace Project commissions.
"WOW is an act of disruption, an unmasking with occasional masks, a mouthful of Pop Rocks, a baptismal immersion in feelings that continuously build, ebb and build again. Theatricalized for performances, these feelings nevertheless appear to originate in and take their sustenance from someplace real." (Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Infinite Body)
"Full-out and entirely sincere dancing, the uplift is irresistible. Wow, you feel, wow." (Brian Seibert, New York Times)
It is no laughing matter that cynicism and scorn have seeped into our bones. Our good hearts desire more, but we are made powerless by puns, and our powerlessness is what we feel instead of the gravity of our situation. Meanwhile people go missing, guns go off, resources are hoarded, and the world heats up – What is our sincerely held hope for each other, for the whole planet? In a dramatic act of sincerity WOW deploys a panoply of performance devices – pantomime, musical theatrics, back-up dancing, faux pas-de-deux – set to songs by Kate Bush (performed live by Matthew Brookshire and the company) to protest its case. Bring in the clowns! Love is all there is! – Keely Garfield
Choreography by Keely Garfield
Performed by Keely Garfield, Paul Hamilton, Jordan Morley, Raja Feather Kelly, and Matthew Brookshire
Music Inspired by the poetry of Kate Bush.
Décor & Wardrobe by Keely Garfield
Blue Cat by Vivian Ra
Thursday, 14 January, 2016
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