SF Intl. Arts Festival: Scott Wells & Dancers presents A Walk in the Parkour
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Parkour is a is a non-competitive, physical discipline of French origin in which participants run along a route, attempting to negotiate obstacles in the most efficient way possible, using only their bodies. "A Walk in the Parkour" begins with a dazzling display of gymnastic interactions with apparatuses and walls, but eventually yields to the deeper desires of the heart.
The last time SW&D was presented in the SFIAF they came away with the Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Choreography.
The program will also include last year's hit, "Ball-ist-ic," which is currently nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award for Best Company Performance and a new work: Athletes in Love.
In "Ballistic," the artistry and play of the jugglers has been expanded as all seven dancers take part in the passing of balls every size imaginable. There is something elemental, pure and perfect about balls. Yet they are unpredictable. They create sound and rhythm as they bounce, lines in space when thrown, competition when used in games, beauty when juggled, unpredictability as they succumb to imperfection.
Inspired by the flight of the spheres, bodies will be tossed and vaulted, caught and recoiled. And the chaos will disappear with sudden moments of clarity, the balls passing and juggled through space in fluid, mesmerizing constellations.
Two world-class jugglers and five amazing dancers will ensure a night of great dance theater.
As one journalist remarked:
"(Wells) approached that postmodern practice known as contact improvisation (a duet form guided by momentum, touch and considerable trust in one's partner) and humanized it, stretching its parameters, finding reserves of comedy and even beauty in these carefully weighted encounters. All these impulses percolate through the new "Ball-is-tic," a droll diversion that pits the team against a barrage of brightly colored balls of disparate shape.
The piece wouldn't be half as engaging if these performers were less supple or quick-witted. Perhaps, Wells can explain why everyone wears old-fashioned aviator goggles, or why "Ball-is-tic" is accompanied by a recording of Eastern European folk music. They simply fit." -Allan Ulrich, SF Chronicle
"Sproing! Once you adjust to the notion that dancers are bouncing off walls and flying in your face, you can relax and let them [Scott Wells & Dancers] do their thing, which is an electrifying style of contact improvisation.'' - SF Weekly
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