Saturday Mar 09, 2013 8:00 PM - Saturday Mar 09, 2013 9:30 PM | $15.00
Conduit Dance Guest Artist Series presents the Seattle-based Khambatta Dance Company for a one night performance on Saturday, March 9 at 8:00 pm.
After touring the West Coast, the five-member company makes a pit-stop in Portland to premiere, Truth and Betrayal, and perform three of its repertory works: Kim, Ashutosh, and A Moment Repeated.
In A Moment Repeated, three women stand in portrait mode, slowly rocking back and forth, like a family portrait slowly aging in time as if waiting for something to happen. This piece depicts a relationship where interpersonal tension as between sisters, explodes into full athletic force. Three women find themselves in a drama where nothing is spoken and everything simmers until it can no longer remain quelled.
Kim and Ashutosh were created through a 5-month process interacting with members of the community who offered their life stories to inspire a dance. Each subject was interviewed and their video provides a prologue to the dance about them. Ashutosh, for five dancers, takes as its subject an Indian-born serial entrepreneur and millionaire living in Seattle. Ashutosh includes sound effects from the streets of India and "...breaks out into a Bollywood backlot dance number." (Sunbreak) Kim, a solo with an almost live chair, chronicles a recently-divorced mother of two who runs out of the house one day with her kids and never returns. It was described by the Seattle Post Intelligencer as "a delight from start to finish....[the dancer's] exquisitely supple body moved around, under and over the simple wooden chair as if she were making love to it."
According to Nietzsche "One's belief in truth begins with a doubt of all the truths one has believed hitherto." We all seek the truth and dread betrayal, yet how do we seek the truth? Truth and Betrayal offers a treatise on the subject through a series of duet dramas of athletic force - as if the dancers wish to pound the truth out of each other. From the intimate gesture of searching for the truth in someone's eyes to the fear of reaching for the outstretched hand the piece reveals the ways we search for truth, our fear of betrayal, and the games we play to save our ego. The piece is a dissection of the moment of betrayal through which our assumptions about truth, the truths we hold, confront us.
Prior to the show, a crumpled handwritten note, each different, is left on each audiences members chair with words to sway them with one or another version of reality. The spectator is invited to see the performance through that lens, or refuse it, or make up their own response to it and how it relates to what they see.
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918 SW Yamhill, 4th Floor
Portland, OR 97205