An Inconvenient Dance
How do we interact with the world, and how does it interact with us? And in what ways are the resulting tensions and connections revealed? These were the questions posed in the Dance Theatre Group (DTG)'s provocative fall concert, An Inconvenient Dance.
With a nod to the 2006 Al Gore documentary An Inconvenient Truth, the multimedia-rich performance took a sometimes humorous, often poignant approach to timely issues such as manmade and natural disasters, excess and waste.
The evening began with a pre-show screening of Lessons of Darkness, a 1992 film that travels across the oil fields of post-Gulf War Kuwait. Next, the dancers explored the human causes of—and sometimes wry or quirky responses to—catastrophic events. The concert closed with Unmoored (Love Letter to New Orleans), a lauded, multimedia-saturated work created in New Orleans in the months following Hurricane Katrina. [Article continues below.]
According to Director of Dance Sarah Skaggs, pieces such as these address not only the inconveniences we all must endure in order to maintain a sustainable lifestyle, but also the role of art and artists in trying times. She said: “Martha Graham offered historical perspective when she said, ‘You do not realize how the headlines that make daily history affect the muscles of the human body.’ ”
An Inconvenient Dance opened Friday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. in the Mathers Theatre (Holland Union Building) and continued Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. The concert was presented by DTG and the Department of Theatre & Dance with support from the Center for Sustainability Education.
By MaryAlice Bitts Jackson
Photos by A. Pierce Bounds '71