"STICKY" by Da·Da·Dance Project
Melanie Stewart / Da·Da·Dance Project
STICKY is a work of visual theatre that integrates dance, language, film animation, and choreographed 3-D virtual imaging to explore the nature of bonding and “sticky” situations that arise in long-term romantic relationships. Underlying currents of attraction, repulsion, frustration, and compulsion drive escapism in a world where a couple’s negotiation for power and struggle for identity are contextualized in the current political climate. A collaboration between performers Eun Jung Choi and Guillermo Ortega Tanus of Da·Da·Dance Project (Philadelphia) and choreographer and director Melanie Stewart, STICKY first premiered in Mexico City at the Centro Cultural del Bosque complex in the Teatro de la Danza. The piece makes its New York City premiere at Gibney Dance. Learn more at www.stickyredux.com.
Melanie Stewart is a critically acclaimed choreographer and director who creates darkly absurd movement-driven theatre focusing on the nuanced, weird, and vulnerable side of American culture. Through the integration of movement, text, and image, she investigates the ability of the body to carry meaning in original narratives. Her work reveals the emotional undercurrents that drive the body to action, resulting in compelling dance theatre that is often ironic and intensely human. She is also the Associate Dean of Performing Arts at Rowan University, and a recipient of a 2016 Individual Artists Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. | www.melaniestewart.org
Da·Da·Dance Project is a duet repertory company based in Philadelphia, founded by Eun Jung Choi and Guillermo Ortega Tanus in New York City. In the spirit of Dadaism, they challenge conventional notions of art making with travesty, absurdity, and physical authenticity, constantly questioning aesthetic ideals. Drawing from a wealth of experiences in theater, music, poetry, multi-media, visual/art, and various dance styles from “traditional” to “cutting-edge” to “street dance” to “improvisation”, Da·Da·Dance Project continuously seeks to deliver a uniquely expressive vocabulary that communicates to all people and reveals their eccentricity. | www.dadadanceproject.org
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