The Brooklyn, N.Y. based dance group DELIRIOUS Dances/ Edisa Weeks will perform a works-in-progress showing of excerpts from THREE RITES: Life & Happiness, in Studio 104 in the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Aug. 10. Weeks’ choreography examines how America has protected, promoted, and pursued life, liberty, and happiness, and how these rights manifest in the body. The event, which runs from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.
DELIRIOUS Dances/Edisa Weeks is in residence at the Colleges from Aug. 1-11 as she develops the THREE RITES performance. . As the founder of DELIRIOUS Dances and as an Associate Professor of Dance at Queens College, Weeks works to erase the barriers between art and life, between performance space and audience space and between mediums. The DELIRIOUS mission statement explains, “We are interested in finding ways for the audience to interact with and influence the experience of a work. We believe that art revitalizes the everyday to reveal something new about ourselves, and the revelation is an energy, a spark that has the power to change the world.”
Life is a durational performance and installation that comments on the purpose of life. The piece questions America’s oil dependency and seeks to find ways of working and living that are community-centric, ecologically balanced, embrace diversity and emphasize living in harmony with nature.
During the performance, the room will have four people whose eyes are closed, alternating between creating artificial flowers out of found objects and performing a dance. On the other side of the room the audience is invited to color in with chalk a mural that depicts images in nature, alongside quotes by environmental activists Vandana Shiva, Buckminister Fuller, Ralph Waldo Emerson, as well as Inuit proverbs.
The piece, Happiness, investigates how laughter, pleasure and contentment reside in the body. The performance begins with interactive “laughtercises” and then delves into polyrhythmic movement. The piece is scored by Highlife and Soukous music by the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International.
The DELIRIOUS Dances/Edisa Weeks residency and showing is made possible through funds from NYS DanceForce and the Dance Department of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Weeks will return to campus twice during the academic year to teach master classes, host workshops and interact with students, faculty and the wider Geneva community. In October, she will host a Roots Party on campus – an interactive making and conversation space where participants will create 1,865 roots out of paper and twine to represent the year legalized chattel slavery ended in America. In March, Weeks will perform one section of the THREE RITES series.
For more information, contact Cynthia Williams at email@example.com or (315) 781-3495.