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Dixon Place Presents Erica Essner Performance Co-Op
October 23, 2014 7:30PM
Dixon Place

Erica Essner Performance Co-Op premieres two new works: "Versailles Undone" and "Reflex."

"Versailles Undone" Premiere references the French Revolution and the decline of the monarchy and is loosely based on the fictional novel Farewell My Queen, by Chantal Thomas. The gap between rich and poor and the social unrest around inequality both historically and in contemporary society form part of the exploration in the work. At the same time, physical language including Baroque dance and American Sign Language inform the physicality of the piece and hanging ropes are used throughout as a metaphor for merrymaking, execution and as a lifeline for the destitute.

"Reflex" Premiere When people interact--through body, mind, and speech--layers of emotion rise to the surface and then fall again. Reflex makes manifest this cause and effect: The push and pull of the muscles, manipulated joints, elbows and knees, and the articulation of the limbs together create a metaphor for speech.

 

 

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