Performance

Set and Reset/Reset and Last Shelter Copy

Sat 17 Sep 2022
Abu Dhabi
Presented with the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels

Intimacy, virtuosity, and precision embodied in movement by the world’s foremost inclusive dance company.

Candoco Dance Company presents a gripping double bill from two boundary-breaking choreographers in celebration of the different ways of seeing, of being, and of making art, putting us at the forefront of conversation around dance and disability. Bridging the mainstream and the experimental, the company’s bold approach and powerful collaborations create distinctive performances and far-reaching learning experiences.

Experience two works by Trisha Brown and Jeanine Durning performed by Ben Ash, Megan Armishaw, Ihsaan de Banya, Joel Brown, Olivia Edginton, Anna Seymour, and Markéta Stránská:

Set and Reset/Reset by Trisha Brown The evening begins with Set and Reset/Reset, a restaging of Trisha Brown’s landmark choreography, which was titled Set and Reset (1983). See dancers move with dream-like fluidity to Laurie Anderson’s driving score. Drawing from Brown’s original set of instructions, line up, play with visibility and invisibility, keep to the periphery of the space, act on instinct, and keep it simple, the piece evolves in response to the dancers. Recreated in 2011, 2016, and 2021, Set and Reset/Reset is an example of a living legacy, an iteration of Brown’s choreographic brilliance, in conversation with the impulses and instincts of the dancers you see today.

Last Shelter by Jeanine Durning In contrast, Jeanine Durning’s Last Shelter explores the enduring human desire to build something together. Working with precise materials within variable scores, the piece unfolds uniquely for each performance – ever shifting, teetering at the edge of what could be, somewhere between individual agency and collective will. With rigor and care, the dancers surrender to and grapple with time, place, and fate, finding temporary balance in provisional structures and makeshift meanings. The choreography highlights the velocity and precision of each dancer’s decision-making from moment to moment in this act of intimacy to witness the labor and desire of the dancer attending to themselves and one another, in their practice.

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