Artist Talk: 6.30pm
Performance: 7.00 pm
"A person who knows / the sea is inside their skin / moves in curves and spirals / Even a straight line / is accomplished / flowing through / the curving bones.” - Geoffrey Dubois Kuffner
Sea Inside Our Skin, performed by Pauline Jennings and Joshua Lacourse, simultaneously questions and validates our collective need to form nourishing connections. As part of Jennings’ intermedia exhibit Becoming Human, the duet offers a spontaneous refuge and quiet rebellion against an increasingly disconnected world. The 50-minute ritual is rooted in a world built upon loose canvas flooring. The canvas creates a responsive environment where the physical landscape evolves in direct correlation to each performer’s journey and serves as a powerful reminder that the work undertaken is messy, unpredictable, risky and constantly in progress. The audience, seated on all sides, is invited to witness two bodies as they spiral, reach, retreat and erode in a shared struggle toward partnership and defense of autonomy.
During the performance, Sean Clute improvises with electroacoustic music to amplify the dancers' connection with the physical environment of a November evening in Vermont. By using custom made piezoelectric microphones, Clute explores the vibratory stress of snow, rocks, sticks and dry leaves as they melt, scrape, break and erode. Spatialization of the sounds within Burlington's reverberant City Hall immerses the dancers and audience alike in a sparse wintery soundscape. Sea Inside Our Skin also features lighting design by Stefan Jacobs and costuming and decor by Amy Nielson.
The work is part of a larger collection, Becoming Human, seeking to identify and dissolve barriers between human and wild in the Anthropocene.
Choreography by Pauline Jennings, created and performed with Joshua Lacourse
Music Composer and Performer: Sean Clute
Costume and Set Design: Amy Nielson
Lighting Design: Stefan Jacobs
“Sea Inside Our Skin” is made possible in part with a research and development residency and support by Vermont Performance Lab with support from the Vermont Community Foundation.