ORONO — Dance as physical storytelling is the impetus behind the Nov. 19 debut of Alison Chase/Performance at the Collins Center for the Arts.
Beyond that, it’s hard to say just what the seven-member company will be doing.
“We’re not using established dance vocabulary,” explained choreographer and director Alison Chase, who lives in Brooksville. “It makes for an exciting and unexpected evening.”
“It almost defies definition,” she added.
At times dancers will be suspended from the ceiling. Two or three dancers might perform as a single entity. One piece will feature a bluesy score; another will be set to Japanese drumming.
Each of the five works to be presented in the Nov. 19 show tells its own story, Chase said.
“Devil Got My Woman,” a new work, is about a man who falls for a female predator. The piece was inspired by the forlorn ballads of old blues singers, including “Devil Got My Woman” by Skip James.
“That was our point of departure,” Chase said.
Pianist and composer Paul Sullivan created the score.
“Ben’s Admonition” opens with two men suspended by their ankles in a tight cell. “Star Cross’d” has an aerial “Romeo and Juliet” theme. Dancers will hang mid-air from circus silks.
The solo “Femme Noir,” to be danced by Rebecca Anderson, is based on the femme fatales of the ’30s and ’40s.
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