Dixon Place presents LAVA's Tracks
LAVA Benefit Performance April 24: $125 - $250
April 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30 and May 1, 2, 3 at 7:30pm
May 3 at 3pm, May 4 at 4pm
Dixon Place ~ 161A Chrystie Street ~ New York City
dixonplace.org ~ lavabrooklyn.org
Dixon Place and LAVA are proud to present Tracks in a limited engagement for April/May 2014. Created and performed by a cast of diverse artists who push the boundaries of gender conformity, ensemble unity and audience activation, LAVA’s 13th evening-length dance work, Tracks, connects the human to the geologic through landscapes that are metaphorical, scientific and visceral. From the limestone of the land to the limestone in our bones, LAVA's intrepid crew navigates, deconstructs, and liberates the classic hero's journey, creating a connective expedition of desert trails, mountainous emotional passages, ocean crossings, and voluntary and involuntary voyages.
As always with LAVA, the underpinnings of the show interweave scientific principles with a larger and distinctly feminist theme: reconnecting us with our neglected ancestors – the rocks, terrain, women, and under-heard voices of our shared and individual origin stories as underground movements of sediment and peoples carry the audience on an expedition transformed by visits with ancestors and visionaries of the past and future.
Using their signature hybrid language of acrobatics and dance, the company of female and transgender performers creates a living caravan of two-highs, navigates an ocean vessel of swinging ropes and suspended fishing net, improvises in an underground cave of experimental sound, and generates a geologic subduction zone with rambunctious and ecstatic partnering. Tracks was created in part with commissioning funds from Dixon Place.
DJ Tikka Masala’s original musical score samples, illuminates, and cross-pollinates between different cultures, bringing the show a bass beat that vibrates, erupts, and lubricates all of the joints in our bodies. Videos by Nancy Brooks Brody and LAVA founder Sarah East Johnson, inspired by Chantal Ackerman’s film News From Home, connect the choreographic terrain, constantly journeying through traditional and modern modes of transportation. The text, developed by the ensemble, comes from first-person narratives of pioneers, survivors, visionaries and grandmothers including Robyn Davidson, who traveled across the Australian outback with a team of camels in the 1970s, Harriet Jacobs, author of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl as told by Herself, Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, and Alexandra David Neel, who traveled through Tibetan monasteries in the 1920’s when it was a closed country.
Performers include LAVA company veterans Molly Chanoff, Lollo Romanski and Sarah Dey Hirshan, returning members Hilary Chapman and Ashley Brockington, and three new faces: nyx zierhut, Kiebpoli Calnek, and Fe Fox. Tracks is directed by LAVA founder Sarah East Johnson with dramaturgy and directorial support by Mimi McGurl.
Performances run for two weeks:
Wednesday through Saturday April 23rd – 26th
Tuesday through Sunday, April 29th – May 4th at 7:30 PM.
A Sunday May 4th performance is at 4PMa¨ with an additional performance will take place Saturday, May 3rd at 3PM.
Ticket prices are $20 in advance and $23 at-the-door Students & Seniors: $17 any time. Special ticket pricing for April 23rd is $15 and April 24th, a benefit performance, is $125 - $250.