Burnish  (Studio 1, March 2018), photo by Natalie Fiol

Burnish (Studio 1, March 2018), photo by Natalie Fiol

Burnish (Magenta #2-5): Building and Making

Burnish is an in-process dance work that renders the phenomenon (physics and psychics) of magenta into live-performance. With a cast of six performers - afterimage, Color Theory, absence and saturation become vibrational frequencies and meticulous patterns. Scores of wild movement push towards an off-kilter elliptical rhythm and suddenly sharpen into something unnerving, boldly feminine, and poetic. Color becomes a vibrant articulation of bodies moving with velocity and tenderness. This project inherently and relentlessly intertwines elements of design; charging relationships of light, sound, movement, and emotion. And as this research progresses, I am struck by the subjective experience of color as an intricate web of memory, science, math, mysticism, pleasure, and meaning; accounts of my mother’s young death have begun to surface by doing this work.

Burnish is supported (in part) through the Tisch Summer Residency Festival at New York University, MFA candidacy at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, residency at Emory University, ShowDown at Gibney and Artist in Residence at the University of Maryland.

I’m always happy to exchange/discuss/share ideas in person or digitally- so, say hello here. In the meantime, excerpts from my thesis showing are strung together here (password: portier).


Burnish (Magenta #1): Thesis at UIUC

Thesis version- the beginning beginning.

Through abstract considerations of color theory and design, six dancers weave distinctly charged movement frequencies into an ever-shifting elliptical landscape. From start to finish, finely crafted patterns of nuanced physicality pulsate through space with evocative complexity, leaving the audience bathed in a residual kinesthetic watercolor of saturation, tone, line, and vibration.  

#Just happened: First sketch performed at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (IL), Studio 1 Theater March 1-3, 2018.

UIUC cast: Leah Wilks, Mary Kate Ford, Lindsey Jennings, Kaitlin Fox, Alexis Miller, Natalie Stehly, and guest Phoebe Ballard.

Lighting by Alena Samoray

Featuring sound, used with educational permissions, by Stephen Vitiello.

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