Memory Field: Dances of Forgetting

This performance has been postponed.  A future date has yet to be determined.

Human Landscape Dance and Spacetime Dance present Memory Field: Dances of Forgetting, an evening of contemporary dance on the topic of memory.

Katie Sopoci Drake, Artistic Director of Spacetime Dance, approaches memory scientifically, bodies firing like synapses across neurons.  Malcolm Shute, Artistic Director of Human Landscape Dance, presents dances inspired by the experience of his father-in-law, Michael Mueller, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease.  Dancers form a human waterfall to represent the radiance of old memories.

Katie and Malcolm in Eurydice. Photo by Rob Cannon.

"Navigating the Firing Field", a trio by Spacetime Dance, embodies the process by which the mind creates maps of specific places in our environment.  A trio of movers slide through a room with eyes closed, splintering and reforming kaleidosocopically.  In "Cascade", by Human Landscape Dance, a row of dancers forms a waterfall: hands trickling down faces, arms hovering in air like mist.  They simultaneously represent being bathed in the warmth of an old memory, the sensual pleasure of re-experiencing the past.  In "Personal Space", choreographed for this performance, Shute and Drake share a narrow table, which becomes a bed, a bench, and a cliff edge.  Memories crowd each other in our minds like bodies in a too-small space.


Memory Field is the second collaboration between leading DC choreographers Drake and Shute.  Their work layers concept and emotion in a satisfying fusion.  Both artists developed in-depth partnering for this evening's offerings.


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