New Project: WOMEN AND LADDERS
I am also inspired by the cultural co-mingling that gives the United States vibrance and by our need for visions of women. For this reason, the cast will comprise mature women living in the United States who are fundamentally informed by different cultures within this country.
Women and Ladders uses 10 foot high ladders and uses the compositional methods of Go Tell Aunt Rhodie. Since that solo I've wondered what will happen when women from different cultures share the ladders and their trajectories overlap. The scores for the dance are derived from songs and texts from each woman's personal and cultural history. These text-scores determine the sequence but not the timing of the dance, so each time the women's pathways on the ladders intersect, they must navigate unforeseen relationships and physical challenges.
Climbing, falling and building are actions that readily lend themselves to metaphor. But I intend no metaphor or symbolism. Progress, effort, risk, success, failure, cooperation, patience, persistence, relief are inevitable in the work. I have nothing particular to say about them. But using our hands as little as possible in relationship to 10 foot unstable ladders makes us balance delicately and cooperate. It also produces unusual, awkward, and beautiful movement. The content of the songs and texts add layers of complexity.
All videos on this page edited by Molly Davies, Polly Motley and Philip Roy.
In another section of the work which may include men, the choreographic approach is spatial/architectural, related to In No Time (2015) when we re-organized large tube structures to see how our perceptions of the space and our desire to interact within it changed. In the Women and Ladders we'll work with how the placement of ladders affects our perceptions of the architecture of the ladders, the space itself, and our desire to interact within the changing situation.
Molly Davies will make videos related to the live action.
Sometimes there might simply be the vulnerability, strength and beauty of a young man.
A workshop in relation to the work could be:
THE PRESENCE OF ANOTHER
We place large high ladders in the space. Every new placement changes our sense of architecture and gives us new desires for interacting. Every new plane and height excites desires for risk, safety, beauty, intimacy, tension, cooperation, patience, speed, destruction. This architectural and interpersonal composing is a game of balance, emotion, and social construction. When we combine songs and movements from our worlds of origin, the levels of meaning multiply.