Viriditas depicts the changed pace of life during quarantine. Two dancers live and move on botanical time, aligning themselves with the rhythms of day and night and the changing of the seasons. It is danced by real-life roommates Amy Saunder and Tiffany Mangulabnan; and the idea for the film came from Amy’s return to NYC after the first months of lockdown. Coming home to an apartment full of green, she discovered that Tiffany had become a “plant person” during her absence. (June 2021)
Music: Hildegard von Bingen
Cinematography/Coloring: Joe Raffanti
Costumes: Christine Darch
Dancer: Zimmi Coker
Violinist: Derek Ratzenboeck
Music: Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber "Passacaglia in G minor for Unaccompanied Violin"
Cinematography/Color Grading: Melissa Wu
Produced by Pigeonwing Dance & Arts on Air NYC (2020)
Plexus: a work in knots
Premiered by Pigeonwing Dance in February 2020 at Gerald W Lynch Theater in NYC.
Plexus is a complex ecosystem of interdependent bodies, a mysterious network of fluctuating loyalties built upon an unsteady balance of power -- set to a commissioned electroacoustic score from composer James Budinich.
Production photos by Thomas Wilson / Promotional photos by Charles Roussel
Premiered by Marymount Manhattan Dance Company in February 2018. Onrush (22 dancers) is inspired by the movement of crowds through the streets and subways of NYC>
Premiered by Whim W'him at Seattle's Cornish Playhouse in January 2018. Joinery (7 dancers) is inspired by ideas of rupture, repair, and resilience.
Although the wind
blows terribly here,
The moonlight also leaks
between the roof planks
of this ruined house.
Premiered by Pigeonwing Dance at Bryant Park in July 2018. Aswim (4 dancers) is an exploration of fluid dynamics, loosely inspired by the recent discovery of octopus cities off the coast of Australia.
Can't Sleep But Lightly
Premiered by Dark Circles Contemporary Dance at Dallas's Watertower Theater in March 2018. Can't Sleep But Lightly (7 dancers) was a collaboration with composer/percussionist Brandon Carson, who plays all the instruments in the recording. The piece was inspired by words and phrases from Lydia Davis' short story A Natural Disaster.
Premiered by BalletCollective at NYU's Skirball Center in October 2017. Orange was performed by five New York City Ballet dancers to a commissioned piano quintet by composer Caleb Burhans, "New York's mohawked Mozart" (Time Out New York). Caleb’s music was performed live by The Knights, an innovative young chamber orchestra praised by the NYTimes as “spirited and vital”.
Ballet Collective’s unique process also asks the choreographer and composer to work jointly from a piece of source art, specially commissioned for the occasion. Our source artist, Trevor Paglen, is the recipient of a 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant and recently produced a fascinating body of work on machine vision. Read about the process in my interview with Whitewall Magazine.