in the shelter of the fold
shelter, mass, folded, horizon & hope
2016 | 40 minutes | trio, group, duet, sextet solo
Music by David Lang, Raz Mesinai, Julia Wolfe, Lesley Flanigan, David Keller
Faith and belief take many forms, as do the acts of coping, realization, choice and the expectations attached to them. Within this intensely intimate work, we explore the physicality of fulfillment and disappointment as well as the solitude of reckoning and the questioning inherent in faith are explored. A 40-minute cycle of five imagistic vignettes, they can be shown as stand-alone works or as an interrelated episodic event, with an optional community component to include local guest dancers on tour.
"This dance is intense and there are many sharp and unconventional movements and gestures that depict a trouble relationship. All parts of the body are expertly used in this dance -- feet, hands, legs, torso, knees, and arms -- in order to connect and repel." DCMETROTHEATERARTS
in the shelter of the fold premiered on November 5, 2016 at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, Purchase, NY and was created in residence at Skidmore College in Saratoga, NY with funding from the New York State Council for the Arts; the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, ME with funding from the National Performance Network, National Endowment for the Arts, other foundations and individual support; and Purchase College as a joint project between the Performing Arts Center and the Conservatory of Dance. folded was commissioned by BAM for the 2017 Winter/Spring season.
Photo: Robert Altman