New York City
Dixon Place and Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects presents LineAge, by Jody Oberfelder. This suite of short dances, rendered in audaciously physical and verbal wit, plays with concepts of lines and age – from tabula rasa to wrinkles. With an acrobatic vocabulary, brimming with stunts, tumbling and physical prowess – LineAge rides the momentum of life’s dramatic arcs.
A short film augments this live performance. It contrasts the lines of our bodies with lines in landscape–imprints of time in nature and human nature.
Shot by Bessie Award winning cinematographer Ronald K. Gray, the film features 80-year- old Martha Myers, a renowned dance educator. A narrative score by Coleman Hough muses on how the lines of our lives form a complex social map unfolding, intersecting, and merging. Transformed into points on a line, the dancers form shapes, break apart and re-form, springing to life in dances that explore reservoirs of human energy.
Choreography: Jody Oberfelder
Text: Coleman Hough
Performers: Elise Knudson, Rebekah Morin, Carlton Ward and Jody Oberfelder
Video: Ronald K. Gray, Janice Ahn and Jody Oberfelder
Lighting: Kathy Kaufman
Dramaturgy: Mercedes Murphy
Costumes: Katrin Schnabl
Original Music: Rachelle Garniez, Elise Knudson,
Mistiq, Malina Rauschenfels, Mike Rimbaud
Sound Design: Paul Ruest
“Jody Oberfelder knows her stuff. She sets her precise, muscular, strongly designed athletic movements in excellently built structures that keep your eyes and mind engaged and she provides surprises without rambling or digressing.” – Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice
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