That's not true anymore, but the appetite is still robust for fest dance events, attracting both veteran aficionados and the newly ardent.
Neither will be disappointed by two special companies at the 2014 festival:
Both will have related activities to discuss the creative process and inspiration for their works (see them at www.artidea.org).
Inspired partly by
While iconic giants of history feature in the titles of both works, Wilson notes, "I think the point to make is this Moses piece is not about the narrative of the Moses story. It's dance. So it's abstract."
Wilson reread the book to prep for a research trip to
"I think humans migrate. It's just that simple ...," he says. "And movement doesn't manifest itself in the mind. It does it in the body."
Who starts the movement and how one gets others to follow opened a discussion of leadership, he says. "We're not trying to tell the story (of Moses). The piece is really more about the questions that I encountered thinking about the story. The key thing we keep coming back to is leading and following. If there's a theme that comes up in Zora's book it's how does somebody come to leadership, why do people follow somebody. It could be religious, it could be political, romantic or completely physical."
The piece is an equal-opportunity melding of movement he calls "post-
His dancers, he says in their website video about the work, were selected for a variety of technical styles, "even their own."
"... Something I like to do is not hide the difference and to allow people to play to their strength, even though it's still my dance and choreography. Part of the process is for them to find themselves in it -- take the idea of the movement, rhythm and find their articulation of it."
Wilson brought in a dramaturg,
And that intriguing title? It's Wilson's way of pluralizing the name Moses to postulate the idea that "there isn't just one Moses," as suggested by Israeli professor Avigdor Shinan with whom he conferred in his research.
"For me, it was kind of a way to indicate to the audience that it's not again THE Moses and the Moses story. It can be anyone from the Prince of
In Wilson's world, dance is the vehicle.
Info: 203-562-5666, www.artidea.org
Etc.: See discussion schedule at artidea.org
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