The piece started with a list of ingredients, something I had not tried before, but came out of the the necessity of needing to make something very quickly. From my notebook on the plane:
At least one moment of extreme physicality. One moment of virtuosity, one moment of hilarity (we get actual laughs). One moment of musicality (of actual choreography to music). One fancy lighting trick. A moment where the audience falls asleep. Some suffering, and a reward. We always know what to do, especially in moments of extreme unknowability. A moment when they want to dance with us. Some awkward sexy moment, that’s genuine at the same time. Whoever we are, we must change over time. Become more of ourselves, less of ourselves, become larger than life (giant shadows) and smaller than loose change (lost and scattered on the ground beneath peoples’ feet). We are alone and together. We are professionals. We are entertainers.
I’d like to think that the exercise made things clearer. We performed the piece on March 7 2013, and here are some photos from the show by Robert Redfield:redfieldpictures.com