caitlin+dancers & Kaley Pruitt Dance
caitlin+dancers and Kaley Pruitt Dance will share an NYC season June 1 & 2. Each company will present 1 work from repertoire and 1 world premiere. These two quickly emerging NYC-based modern dance companies share a commitment to bold work that unravels and simultaneously weaves new perceptions of the world around us.
Kaley Pruitt Dance
Kaley Pruitt is the Artistic Director and performer with Kaley Pruitt Dance. Her work investigates the nuances of the human experience and explores the intrinsic communication between bodies in space. The work spans from comedic dance theater to abstract concert aesthetic. Originally from Ketchum, Idaho, she has presented her work in Idaho, California, Massachusetts, Florida, New York, and Illinois. She now travels between Illinois and New York teaching and creating work on students at Illinois State University and working with the professional company in New York City. www.KaleyPruittDance.com
In our dreams we become grand versions of ourselves - we conquer fears, fly to new heights, and live as our most extraordinary selves. Limitless (NYC premiere) came into being through a desire to embody the sensations of our dream selves in real life. It came from a drive to celebrate the human spirit: our determination, compassion and power in times of real threat to those pillars of individuality. The score, being so iconic, gave me a new challenge as a choreographer; to take Gershwins bold and exuberant themes and expand them into space audiences had not previously imagined was possible. I wanted to bring to life the invincibility we have all experienced in our imaginations. The movement is churning, energetic, celebratory, ecstatic and pushes past limitations both physical and imagined.
Like Minds (premiere) takes its inspiration from the space two people inhabit when they deeply understand one another, depend on one another, and share opinions and inspirations. This space is one of connection, and also dynamic fluctuation that pushes each individual to grow and challenge their world. While creating this work, I envision magnets in that they can have such powerful force unifying them, and in one turn, they can just as forcefully repel. There is a phenomenal energy created by two people who understand one another but also deliberately challenge and question those understandings. What does it look and feel like when on one hand we build something greater than ourselves with someone else, and simultaneously destabilize what weve made in searching to really know and understand that person?
Caitlin Dutton-Reaver is the Director of caitlin+dancers, a company dedicated to reflecting human subtlety and the exploration and development of new movement-based, technical modern work. The company presents in both traditional theaters and unconventional, ad hoc spaces/site-specific environments to showcase movement as a conduit for imaginative grandeur and promote dance as a community asset. The company performs along the East Coast from Georgia to Vermont in addition to its New York base. www.caitlinplusdancers.org
Gifts for the Void (2016) is a dance propelled by the idea of displacement: in movement, social context, and between bodies in space. Thrown into the realm of visual interest, Gifts plays with contrast, alignment, and communal effort. An original score by Michael Wall includes an intertwining of breath and instrumental substructure, creating a Lord of the Flies-type tension between dancers, sound, and environment. Gifts for the Void is a constantly shifting arena, moving fluidly between alliances and ideas.
Variations on a Ghost (premiere) draws from the ghost signature: and Edwardian fad that saw its height at around 1909, where a signature would be written in slow drying ink then quickly folded over to create a new image of peaks and curves. This new work will play on the duality of the folded inscription as well as the newly formed image. It layers in the idea of how a person leaves evidence of existence and individuality through their autograph, though when folded into a unique image, remains legally binding as an official mark of their entity.
Martha Graham Studio Theater (View)
55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10014
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