Can we place the fate of the world in the hands of heroes? One of the inspirations for the creation of this world premiere by Bryan Arias was the bleak superhero comic book Watchmen. The choreographer explores the struggles of modern heroes with their own humanity. He confronts their ominous superpowers with the worst fears of our times and calls the concept of the hero itself into question.
Castellucci conjures majorettes who stir the crowd’s enthusiasm for democracy in America, colonial settlers who confound the native Americans, and a puritan couple who struggle to farm a barren land. He asks us to consider the empty promises of a political system steeped in Biblical egalitarianism rather than the concept of tragedy so essential to ancient Greek democracy, the dangers of majority rule, and the inherent violence that springs from religious puritanism and territorial conquests. His challenging, soul-stirring brand of theatrical magic transposes these painful, profound ideas into an enticing, vibrant, celebratory work of art.
Clear & Sweet is a powerful and visually stunning search for redemption. The uniquely American folk tradition of Shape Note Singing is incorporated live into this physically demanding new work. Singers join the dancers and vice versa in a fascinating world of constantly shifting perspectives.
Mark DeChiazza and Steve Mackey build their fourth and most ambitious collaboration--an amalgam of live music, film, and dance. The electric guitar sings the part of Orpheus in this contemporary take on the hero's journey to the underworld. Pushing the popular rock vernacular of electric guitar and percussion to something stranger, Orpheus Unsung takes on the myth with a wordless musical and visual language.
BoD takes our heterogeneity as a baseline for a radical interrogation of the conventions and formal language of classical ballet. It expressly uses difference to incite a discussion in the society at large about social boundaries
and possibilities for transgression.