Over the last week I began a new series of dance photography with the fabulous dancer/choreographer/producer extraordinaire, Cid Pearlman. Her new performance project Economies of Effort promised lots of opportunities to create fantastic images, and I was really looking forward to seeing the new work as it was coming together. The photos here reflect the first attempts at capturing the energy and dynamic chemistry with the principal dancers, in one of the locations of the final project, Motion Pacific Dance Studio. Dancers Julia Daniel, Collette Kollewe, Claire Melbourne, Cynthia Strauss, & Chelsea Zamora are represented in the images, and will be a part of the project through its US dates.
This interdisciplinary collaboration is the first installment in a planned triptych of performances by Pearlman on the theme of “economy.” Performed in the round, and featuring a set designed by visual artist Robbie Schoen that the dancers build each night as part of the choreography, Economies of Effort: 1 aims to generate questions about the differences between creating something with bodies (theoretically intangible) and building something that has a solid shape (with the illusion of permanence).
Bessie Award-winning composer Albert Mathias will create an original score for Economies of Effort: 1. Just as the dancers take an active part in constructing the set each night, so too will they operate the music on two turntables and a laptop. In a radical act of self-sufficiency and self-containment – of economy, if you will – the dancers control all of the technical aspects of the production from the set to the sound and lighting.