ThIStHaT ShoW no.4 and no.5
Daniel McCusker Dance Projects, in collaboration with Central Square Theater, presents "ThIStHaT ShoW no.4 and no.5" ; new and recent works featured over a 2 week period. Works created by Sarah Baumert/Sara Smith, Lara Binder/Sheriden Thomas, Adriane Brayton, Nell Breyer, Audra Carabetta, Caitlin Corbett, Brian Crabtree, Heidi Henderson, Kristy Kuhn, and Morgan Packard; curated and produced by Daniel McCusker; lighting designed by Paul Marr.
The schedule of talent for each weekend is as follows:
"ThIStHaT ShoW no.4" (running January 12-14):
***Lara Binder/Sheriden Thomas***
(work-in-progress, movement by Binder movement, text by Thomas);
("Here", a new duet with dancers Brayton and Joe Gonzalez, and also an In-progress solo featuring dance Wayne Ong);
(Video works to include at least one segment from her "Perspectives on a Dance in 'Bars of Color Within Squares'" (performed at MIT and includes dancers Sarah Baumert, Sarah Witt, Theodossis Issaias, Kate Ladenheim, David Glista, Catherine Murcek);
(two dances, "Roots" featuring dancers Brianna Bailey, Alison Ball, Leah Bergmann, Jackie Flynn, Andria LaRocco, Rebecca Lay, Eliza Mallouk, Marcie Mitler, Allison Ryan; and "Rewind" with dancers Jillian Grunnah, Audrey LaVallee, Tara McCrystal);
(new duet entitled "Waltz, Adjust" featuring Alison Ball and Eleanor Duckworth).
"ThIStHaT ShoW no.5" (running January 19-21):
***Sarah Baumert/Sara Smith***
("What she saw and how it felt" created by Baumert and Smith, performed by Baumert);
(In-progress work "I'm Like, No Way" with dancers Leah Bergmann, Jimena Bermejo-Black, Rebecca Lay, Kaela Lee, Nicole Pierce, Lindsey Ridgeway);
(two dances, "Waltz, Adjust" with Alison Ball and Eleanor Duckworth, plus a new duet entitled "Means To An End" featuring Audra Carabetta and Crabtree);
("sad solo from Pine" choreographed and danced by Henderson);
("Holding Pattern" with dancers Sara Fenstermacher and Kuhn [first version of this piece was produced by The Dance Complex and developed as part of the Shared Choreographers' Concert]);
("Thicket", an audiovisual art piece, toy, and instrument, distributed as an iPhone/iPad app. Developed by Packard, a composer and musician, with visual artist Joshue Ott).
Dancer/choreographer/producer Daniel McCusker has been showcasing his dance and dance-like "discoveries" since the spring of 2008. Each year the showcases have become more daring and the audience capacity has burst at the seams to the point that it has become necessary to move to a larger venue and to expand his ThIStHaT ShoWs into a two weekend extravaganza.
To break the mold even further, his annual spring affair is now in the height of winter, with "ThIStHaT ShoW no.4 and no.5" poised to pay a warm tribute to many of the kindred spirits who figure in McCusker's lively artistic world. McCusker is keen on investigating the true nature of dance and performance. The work that interests him the most is formal, very structure-based, making deliberate choices regarding its structural components. This formality serves to mediate any narrative elements so that the full meaning of the work can be revealed.
McCusker's quest to discover this true nature by way of structure doesn't always play out, but as many of his fans have come to realize, the exciting part is when it does indeed play out. And they happen to be there when it all comes together. The yearly showcase has become a huge success, critically and otherwise, and is a much anticipated not-to-be-missed annual celebration for all lovers (and soon-to-be lovers) of local dance.
"Disparate works mesh in a satisfying, moving show ... the dance-oriented mixed bill "THISTHAT" at Green Street Studios this past weekend is a testament to the vision and aesthetic of the concert's curator and producer, Daniel McCusker. The veteran dancer/choreographer believes all the program's works share a common concern for 'structure combined with the intuitive,' and hopes "THISTHAT" inaugurates a series of showcases bringing together kindred artistic spirits. I hope so, too."
[Karen Campbell, Boston Globe]
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