|You can view a snippet from Ted Shawn's Kinetic Molpai on Dance Interacative; photo courtesy of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Archives|
As part of Against the Odds: Stories of Adaptation, Translation, and Survival, we have discussed how challenging it can be to preserve choreography. At our SPORKS, we have examined how dances get altered by how a performer ages or how a new dancer approaches a piece. In our newest pieces, Adumbrate (Part 1 & 2), Monkeyhouse delves into how students become living legacies. But as SPORK participants point out, that process can be quite similar to the children's game, telephone. I keep hearing people repeat a variation of "So how can audience members gain a better sense of dance history without a time machine?"
|Photo by Ruth David. Courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts.|
(Psst...Don't worry if you aren't feeling ambitious enough to explore on your own. On April 8th and 15th, we will be projecting the website in the Springstep's atrium so you can view some of these artists as you prepare for Monkeyhouse's performance. )