What you Wanted for Me

 

It's not just her dancing, but her shadow too. 

Music: Stefano Seghedoni, Peggy Trikalioti, Tania Tsanaklidou, Zbigniew Preisner

Length: 15:00

Costumes: Ben Wiegel

Created for: Ballet Idaho’s NewDance, Up Close

Premiere: November 14, 2014 at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, Boise, ID

               Dancers: 3 women, 2 men: John Frazer, Elizabeth Keller, Andrew Taft, Laura Haller, Erica Brown

A dance to express my concerns with gender roles and in our world. There are expectations for us that are unwritten, which slowly maneuver us toward acceptability in society. This dance starts with two men fighting without touching, an homage to unrestrained machismo. The ladies enter and start dancing these familiar repetitious moves, as if washing the clothes; one woman rejects it, but succumbs. Eventually all other dancers leave and she is alone and a lightbulb falls from the ceiling. Is it her soul? Whatever it is captivates her and she moves it only to realize that it is not just her dancing but her shadow too.

© 2020 by Nathan Powell. Photos courtesy of Mike Reid