Human Landscape Dance presents "Shades" and "Rumplestiltskin" (work in progress) on Sunday June 5, 2016, from 3-4pm in the rear studio of Headlong Studios, 1170 S. Broad St in Philadelphia PA. This contemporary dance performance is free and appropriate for all ages. Artistic Director Malcolm Shute will lead the Contact Improvisation Class that afternoon from 1-3pm. We invite all to come dance with us, then stay to watch our new work. for more information: inquiries at hldance.org, 202-577-9997.

"Shades" is a revision of the "Kingdom of the Shades" section of the classical ballet La Bayadere. It is a meditation on grief, and questions our culture's tendency to view heaven as a land of endless repetition. The original "Kingdom of the Shades" is more a wish for contentment with the status quo, than an embracing of inevitable change. 

Our version of Rumplestiltskin emphasizes the shifting gender norms from older versions of the tale, to that of the brothers Grimm in the 1850s. This myth is a battle between the sexes, at which women's agency is at stake. We reveal this tension in the body of the Miller's Daughter, who is stuck behind that of Rumplestiltskin, arms alone able to emerge.