Live Action Set with Spaghetti Western String Co.: The Percussionist
The critically acclaimed performance ensemble Live Action Set with collaborators Spaghetti Western String Co. perform their latest hybrid theater-dance-music work, The Percussionist. As experienced stage, comedic, and dance artists, the group’s individual talents are a new convergence for Momentum, opening a fresh world of choreographic possibilities. Revenge, capital punishment, and society’s obsession with what’s “normal” are themes they investigate through physical theater, live music, and modern movement. Known for architecturally engaged works, the artists have created an upside down and inside out narrative influenced by filmic imagery and the Southern’s performance stage.
The BodyCartography Project: Holiday House
For this work, Otto Ramstad and Olive Bieringa have crafted choreography that is neither fully set nor fully improvised. Working from their long history of dance for camera, the artists transpose the distinct languages of video and movement into one: the space and time available on film distilled into the perfection of the live moment. The company works with artists featured in past site-specific video works; the collective body memory of these locales is pivotal to the new material of Holiday House. Crucial dynamics such as cause and effect, the physical energy of unison and individual vocabulary, and the performer’s relationship to audience all serve to help navigate the tension between the comfort of the past and the excitement of the unknown.