Pilobolus Dance Theater founder to perform at Fort Knox July 25

BROOKSVILLE — Known for her non-traditional, outside-of-the-box artistic works, choreographer Alison Chase will share her genre-bending work with several communities this summer.

Alison Chase/Performance will present two programs as part of “Under the Tent” this July — a family-friendly matinee medley featuring: “Monkey and the White Bone Demon,” “Femme Noir,” “Tsu-ku-tsu” and the premiere of “The Interview” and a full-length evening reprise of “No Plan B.”

Monkey and the White Bone Demon” is based on a 16th century Chinese folk tale. The piece tells the tale of a monk who, while on a spiritual journey, is saved from the White Bone Demon by his companion, a monkey. The work was originally commissioned by Wolf Trap.

“Femme Noir,” one of Chase’s earlier works, tells the story of a fading beauty who exerts every effort to maintain a facade. A comic drama, Chase calls the lead a “Marlene Dietrich crossed with Lucille Ball, Carole Lombard and Ginger Rogers.”

“Tsu-ku-tsu,” originally premiered by Chase in 2000, is filled with tumbling, leaps and rebounds, and set to a reverberating original score from taiko drummer Leonard Eto.

“No Plan B” is a layered and hypnotic production, floating in the space between performance art and installation, film and physical theatre and movement. The full-length piece was more than a year in the making and is the result of a collaboration between Gene Felice, then director of the CoAction Lab at the University of Maine, and choreographer Chase.

Fort Knox performances are July 25-29. The schedule: Wednesday, July 25, Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, 3:30 p.m. matinee medley. Thursday, July 26- Saturday, July 28 at 8:30 p.m., “No Plan B.”

All performances will be held within a tent, which serves as a canvas for “No Plan B,” and enables the performances to be held rain or shine.

Tickets to “Under the Tent” matinees are by suggested donation of $15 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets for “No Plan B” are $30 each, available online at alisonchase.org/underthetent. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

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