SPRING DANCE FESTIVAL: Members of the cast of Sophie Blue’s “e ‘fem (e) rel” perform for the camera in a field near Princeton University. (Photo courtesy of Sophie Blue)
New choreographed works for the film by Princeton dance elders Sophie Blue, Liam Lynch and Enver Ramadini will premiere on April 30 at 8 p.m. in a Virtual Zoom webinar. Entrance is free and registration is compulsory.
Blue’s piece explores the intimacy and strength of the moving female body, as captured by simultaneous camera choreography. Seeking to offer the public a new lens in dance, the very prescribed use of videography goes against the “objectification” or the “feminization” of bodies and the displacement of the entire female identity cast. .
Lynch’s play is a reflection on her relationship with her grandfather, who has dementia, and the questions of memory, identity and subjectivity that her condition raises. The play traces the transformation of a structured reality into a world in which the context slips away.
In Ramadani’s piece, several dancers in solo vignettes perform navigating experiences of emotion and loss on a soundtrack drawn from interviews with the cast. The work explores the volatility of being: how attraction in the intimate and internal headspace challenges and complicates the awareness of the physical, pedestrian self.
The event is hosted by Dance Faculty Fellow Miguel Gutierrez and presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts Dance Program at Princeton University. Visit arts.princeton.edu/sdf to register.