"Visceral, audacious" – read a review of Usually Beauty Fails Jan 16, 2014
"Gravel says the whole piece started with 'a stupid question I asked myself'. He wanted to know what 'beauty' would look like in his own work. Because, frankly, he was getting a little sick of the way it was portrayed so often in contemporary dance and pop culture.
The piece became focused on revealing what real beauty might be, in all its imperfection, and the way desire drives so much of what we see. Gravel plays with the fact that the desire for pleasure appears in so many advertising spots and music videos. He says he wanted to show dancers 'really wanting something'."