26 November 2008

the intersection of dance and literature

I love the idea behind the piece "Shutters Shut" by the Nederlands Dans Theatre choreographic duo Lightfoot Leon. They set the work to the sound of Gertrude Stein reading her poetry. What Stein was great at was stripping words of their received meanings and instead placing value on the basic sound that they made, alone and in combination. There are certain moments of "Shutters Shut" that are really interesting because they mirror this project, whittling movements down and looking at them in isolation so that what becomes clear is the basic shape of each individual movement and how this relates to others. If you like it, see more of NDT here

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