Pollack’s World Premiere WORK explores what we do and whom we become in our places of business. Commissioned to work with a soundtrack by minimalist composer Steve Reich, the piece is about the conflict between the relentless momentum of the work we must due to survive vs inertia of what we would like to due to thrive as an individual.
Junichi Fukuda’s premiere DISMELL – named for the biological reaction to an unpleasant smell – reflects the frustrations and disappointments of inequality of power, and being labelled as “other” because of race, sexuality, philosophy, or newness in an established community. Fukuda’s second piece, YOU ARE NOT YOURS (2017), is also a meditation on power, built on an alternating spoken-word and music soundtrack and featuring two dancers — one an aloof, enigmatic presence who seemingly changes genders; and another who moves when manipulated by the other, then independently. Fukuda says the piece comments on contradictions in a hierarchical society.
Joy Davis’s BODIES OF (2017) is a comedic work for two dancers inspired by the power of physics — the physics with which we move through the world, and the quantum physics of billions of particles that move through us all the time.
Adam Barruch’s 2012 work, FOLIE A DEUX (“a madness shared by two”), takes an intimate, intense look at a personal relationship. It explores a couple’s tumultuous life with love and power struggles playing out through alternately tender and frenetic movement. His work has been performed at Boston Conservatory, but with this performance, Barruch and his company Anatomiae Occultii make their Boston debut.