Thursday, January 11, 2018, 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 3 p.m.
Gina and Stuart Peterson White Box
January 11–13, 2018
Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Floors 1, 2, and 4
Desire Lines are alternate, unofficial routes or social trails in nature and in landscape architecture. They represent an accumulated record of disobedience and transformation in public space. We apply this phenomenon to a dance-making process and propose a group improvisation which maps individual and collective action. The practice puts deep focus on the path-making we deploy in our thought and memory structures for movement, navigation, and structure building. We create a porous and permissive space based on the democratic choices of a group moving inside a world built from its own desires. A provisional utopia constantly making and unmaking itself.
This practice exists in dialogue with Robert Rauschenberg’s creative misuse and recapitulation of everyday objects and materials. We appropriate this methodology by retrofitting movements, visual ideas, and sounds. Whatever is in the room or space becomes fodder for structure building. Bags, clothes, fans, papers, and chairs become towers, houses, boundaries, or stages.
DESIRE LINES: RETROFIT frames the mechanics of creation. The choreographic material is the attention of the performer, constantly negotiating instinct and logic, a delicate balance of abandon and control.
—Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener
*Doors for the destination performances open 30 minutes prior to show time.