The Wooden series is a choreographic works inspired by contemporary outdoor installation work, particularly earthwork, and involves a set design made from environmentally sensitive, biodegradable and addresses the effect of time on objects, the body and performance space. The choreography blends smooth, liquid movement, highly structured improvisation and complex circular composition with the mathematical precision of nature’s geometry. Wooden is rigorous, abstract and highly designed. This evening-length quartet is accompanied by a sound score of field recordings, static and electrified string instruments.
Wooden Part 1: ground is danced in a lush verdant performance environment of living, growing grass and includes a dynamic dance filled with liquid momentum that is at once careful and reckless.
Wooden Part 2: trees exists in a dry and desiccated landscape of large driftwood trees salvaged from the Hudson River. These trees are suspended upside down from the ceiling while the dance is performed among them on a sandy beige and gray floor.
Wooden part 3: corridor.
This intermittent solo occurs as audience members walk through a long blue corridor. Sections of earth line the walls while small solos shift time.
In touring situations the Wooden series has been performed as separate evening-length performances or can be one longer dance.
Part 1: ground
Running time: 35 minutes
Part 2: trees
Running time: 35 minutes
Part 3: corridor
Running time with solo is a 7 minute loop.
Separated touring versions either Part 1 or Part 2 are approximately one hour with LPC set design installation or can be performed in appropriate existing environments. When performed as the series the dance is about 80 minutes with one intermission and includes full installation of the three parts and their original environments.
I believe that a dance must directly relate to the environment in which it is performed and is therefore in dialogue with the surroundings. Performances are tailored for each space and become unique to each location. This is integral to Wooden’s concept of the influence of people on environments and the relationship of time to an artwork.
Please contact: Jon Pope, Production Manager for more touring information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is an excerpt on Wooden from our January production of Part 2: ground at HERE Arts Center in New York City
Wooden has received support from the Greenwall Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding and The HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). Developmental residencies were awarded by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s (LMCC) Swing Space Residency at 14 Wall Street, space donated from Capstone Equities and an LMCC residency at the Governors Island Art Center.