2 Volume DVD Set
Choreographer Karole Armitage and visual artist/set designer David Salle have been collaborating on works for the stage since the 1980s. This program features excerpts from The Dream Trilogy (2004-2008) and showcases 3 works: Time is the echo of an axe within a wood (2004, Ligeti Essays (2007) and Connoisseurs of Chaos (2008). Armitage has revolutionized classical dance through her thoroughly modern choreography andby the visual splendor of her collaborations with David Salle.
“For more than twenty years, since Balanchines death, people have been waiting for someone to carry on his project and thus create the future of American ballet, of which he is, almost totally, the past. Armitage seems to be trying to do so. She should come home, and stay.”
THE NEW YORKER
”The Armitage style is distinguished by its virtuosity and its urgency. She pushes the frontiers that traditionally
separate dance, theater, music, and visual arts.”
Disc 1 features excerpts from Time is the echo of an axe within a wood (2004) with music by Bela Bartok and Ligeti Essays (2007) with music by Gyorgi Ligeti. Also included in the program are selections from with an interview with Karole Armitage that is accessible via a scene selection menu. Topics include: dancing as a child, dancing with Merce Cunningham, the influence of Punk music, the infuence of visual art, finding support in Europe, the craft of choreography, being a guest choreographer & forming a company. Length: 45 minutes
Disc 2 features a complete performance of “Connoisseurs of Chaos” (2008) featuring music by Morton Feldman and selections from with an interview with Karole Armitage that is accessible via a scene selection menu. Topics include: a non-Euclidian approach to choreography, cubism in motion, the geometry of fractals, Connoisseurs of Chaos, finding the right music,finding & working with dancers, choreography & improvisation, working with David Salle on Connoisseurs of Chaos, working on Broadway “Passing Strange” & “Hair” and doing it your own way. Length: 90 minutes.
Alive & Kicking is an ongoing video documentary series that showcases the dance & performance artists who are expanding the parameters of contemporary performance. Produced & directed by choreographer/performance and video artist Charles Dennis the series now features over 90 programs that are available for purchase.