Vertical Sprawl

This past year marked the culmination of a marvelous collaboration with choreographer Heather Maloney on an evening-length piece called Vertical Sprawl. We had a chance to work together for almost two years. It was an incredible learning experience for me. Seeing a choreographer work, create a score, convert movement into art, was amazing. Heather is an extremely generous and creative collaborator. She and I came to together, in part, because we are not linear thinkers when we start our creative process. I hope we will together again in the future.

In Vertical Sprawl we explored the consequence of the human urge to reach for excess and control and how it affects everything around them. The piece is informed by a number of narrative strands that are delicately woven through the piece. The sources include the Easter Island Birdman myth, the extinction of languages, and Wagner’s Ring. Several scenes from the work have been performed in Miami and Cholula, Mexico during 2009. The piece had its first full premiere in May 2010 and featured dancers Carlota Pradera, John Beauregard, Joanne Barrett and Heather Maloney.

Excerpts from Vertical Sprawl will be performed on January 7 and 8, 2011 at 8 PM at the Byron Carlyle Theatre, 500 71st Street, Miami Beach. Tickets: $15 general, $10 students/seniors, $8 (FDA Members). The performance is part of the Florida Dance Association’s Winterfest – Miami Dances.


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