In-Process: COLOR WORKS (I. Magenta, II. Violet, III. Line…)

Color is a subjective experience; an intricate web of memory, science, math, mysticism, pleasure, meaning, and healing.


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

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

Burnish (Magenta)

Burnish is a 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 meld an elliptical use of weight with expressive rhythm, sharpening 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.

Burnish is supported (in part) through the Tisch Summer Residency Festival at New York University, MFA thesis research at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, residency at Emory University, 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 the thesis version are strung together here (password: portier).

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Burnish (Magenta #01): Thesis performance 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.  

Performed at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (IL), Studio 1 Theater March 1-3, 2018. Performed by 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.

Magenta: A Field Guide to Color and Choreography (Magenta #02, a digital pamphlet)

Thesis writing expanded into an online (in-process) publication. Includes interactive prompts and utterances on Color, research, playlists, and being. Expected completion Summer 2019.

Double Chroma (Magenta #03): Commission at Emory University  

Performed at Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts (GA), Emory University, November 15-17, 2018. Performed by Emory Dance Company.

High Violet (Magenta #04): Commission at UMD 

Performed at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (MD), Dance Theater December 7-9, 2018. Performed by majors and graduate candidates in the University of Maryland’s School of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (UMD TDPS). Design by MFA candidates Chris Brusberg (lighting) and Benjamin Weigel (costume).

Burnish (Magenta #05): Evening Length Performance

In-Process. Premiere TBD.

Performed by Kaitlin Fox, Laurel Snyder, Jasmine Hearn, Marion Spencer, Candace Scarborough, Sarah Beth Oppenheim. Design collaborations TBD.

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