a code of clouds
Written as a response to Melinda Ring’s performance of c lo u d, commissioned and presented at The Chocolate Factory Theater, April 6-14, 2018.
Meant for an intimate audience, this evening-length dance takes place in an imagined room, which is continually expanding, contracting, shifting directions, refracted within the actual room. Morphing like clouds, performers and space share a swirling energy. Sometimes the dancers mirror each other; sometimes they are “ordinary people” (under a dark cloud) whose frustration, anger, and sadness propel them toward destructive behavior. Delicate structures often slip out of sync into unruliness, reconfigured through the nudge of a current. These unseen forces extend to the viewers, guiding their physical proximity in relationship to this de-centered work as it progresses…with a heightened sense of sharing the experience.