MORE ABOUT Off the Shelf
This work surfaces surrounded by books: an environment that undeniably influences the movement and how it is shaped and perceived in unexpected ways. But instead of merely presenting previously-made dances in an uncommon space or treating the entire store as a site-specific landscape, we bring the pieces into being as self-contained episodes that veer between having a lot or little to do with the literary richness amidst which they appear, while foregoing many of the dynamics of a more conventional theatrical setting.
The performances ordinarily consist of four different approximately 15-minute-long sets, with breaks in between each. By deploying diverse combinations of composed and improvised dancing, and weaving in original and encountered text, three longtime artists fashion movement solos and duets, solos with self-generated spoken words, and improvised collaborations between the two dancers and the actor serving as reader, who brings alive excerpts from books chosen at random. In-between each set, those in attendance are encouraged to browse.
And yes, there is video! A link to one of the pieces created as part of the first performances to emerge from this project (May 2015) can be viewed by going to the VIDEO section on this site. Should you wish to get a sense of the variety of what we've been doing, just send an email via the CONTACT page, and some additional links (for other, shorter pieces) will be forwarded to you.
Off the Shelf engages...and encourages looking anew at relationships between books, language, reading, thinking, imagining, and making. Do you have a bookstore or know of a library with a bit of empty space? Are you interested in an event that will attract others beyond your usual patrons? If so, contact usand well discuss what might be possible!