For the last week of 92nd Street Y’s Harkness Dance Festival, I’m bringing back a popular favorite, Lightbulb Theory, and Impending Joy, which hasn’t been performed since 2004, when it premieredwith Lightbulb Theory. Though I rarely restage my works, I’m starting to look back a bit and am excited about presenting these companion dances on the same program again.
I find it really fun to get the movement back, especially with the festival’s Stripped/Dressed format. I’ll experiment by performingLightbulb Theory with a quartet of dancers, as originally staged, and also with five, six and seven dancers. It’s a chance to show not justLightbulb Theory’s flexible structure, but the way the feeling of the dance shifts depending on how many performers are involved. Then the audience will see Impending Joy, a dance for four people, fully “dressed” in its customary theatrical garb and with its usual four dancers.
Because I see my work as radical, humanistic dance with avant-garde accessibility, the Stripped/Dressed format, with its demystifying approach to dance, is a good fit. I like challenging people in a very embracing way.
Fri-Sun, Mar 21-23