VISIONS OF BEAUTY
Mar 30 - Apr 1, 2017
$25 • BUY NOW 8:00PM • Merrill Wright Mainstage
Thu – Sat | Mar 30 – Apr 1 | 8pm
Sun | Apr 2 | 5pm
Friday night post-show conversation with Jenn Joy.
visions of beauty embraces the contradictory as 9 performers demonstrate how bodies trap and free us through a dance of dualistic physical states and morphing structures: rocking, spinning, pumping, lunging. Subtly undermining theatrical conventions, expectations slip exploiting the conflict between control and relinquishment, hope and fear. Choreographic precision collapses into a landscape fleetingly monstrous, powerful, virtuosic, exhausted, mechanical and lush. A conversation between the unnamed and the unearthed, visions of beauty is compulsive, lopsided, angry, funny, frustrating and redemptive.
Considering the theater as a utopia, visions of beauty examines the relationships between art, power, agency and desire. Punk in attitude, feminist in spirit and deliberately anti-spectacle, it is a dance where minimalism clashes with transgressive action. The distilled language is stuttered, repeated, held and abandoned, allowing space for its audience to experience emotion beyond amusement. It aims to produce a revelatory experience where the dance acts as object, the performer as laborer and the audience as judge. Something to be remade and thrown out — it is a dance about itself and the messiness of everything.
HEATHER KRAVAS works with choreographic, improvisatory, and collaborative practices to explore the limits of dance as a contemporary form and political force. A 2016/17 Creative Capital Artist and recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award, Kravas has had her work presented nationally by American Realness, the Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Fusebox Festival, the Kitchen, Movement Research, and Performance Space 122, as well as internationally. As a performer, her varied collaborations include work with Marina Abramovic, DD Dorvillier, Dayna Hanson, Antonija Livingstone, Yvonne Meier and others. Kravas lives in Seattle and was last seen at OtB in 2013 with the quartet.
Join us after the show Friday evening for a post-show conversation with Jenn Joy
Jenn Joy is a Critic in Sculpture at Yale School of Art. She founded collective address as a choreographic research space in Brooklyn in 2014. Her book, The Choreographic, was published by MIT Press in October 2014. A Contributing Editor in Performance for BOMB magazine, she also edited Planes of Composition: Dance, Theory and the Global with André Lepecki (Seagull Press, 2009); other writing has been published in DANSE: An Anthology (Les Presses du Réel, 2014), DANCE (Whitechapel/MIT Press, 2012), BOMB, BOMBLOG, Movement Research Performance Journal, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, Dance Theatre Journal, Women and Performance, and Contemporary. She was scholar-in-residence at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in NYC where she co-edited the catalogs Diary of an Image and JUDSONOW and curated Conversations without Walls with Judy Hussie-Taylor a series of conversations regarding contemporary choreography.
visions of beauty is commissioned and supported through the OtB Performance Production Program.
visions of beauty is a is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by On the Boards in partnership with Performance Space 122 and NPN.
Photos by Alex Escalante