/// Premiere: May, 2011
LifeSpeak is a work about stories that illuminate one’s individual past and our collective history. These stories reveal both personal and communal transformation; as the stories themselves are composed, decomposed, and re-composed again based on the times, the teller, and the audience. Eight dancers with live original music by Shawn Decker.
“ . . . always a mysterious flow and ebb, so that LifeSpeak toys throughout with our very concept of ensemble make-up.” - Sid Smith, See Chicago Dance
I Haven’t Gone There
/// Premiere: May, 2010
I Haven’t Gone There, inspired by the Commedia del Arte, features eight performers who, like troubadours, lure the audience on a journey to unknown places, with unexpected encounters. Its music is composed by Mark Messing and is performed live by musicians from the maverick marching band Mucca Pazza. The piece features text written and performed by Bryan Saner, an original member of Goat Island Performance Group.
“I Haven’t Gone There was incredibly thought-provoking, moving and intelligent – one of the most unique and innovative pieces I’ve seen this year.” - Madison Palffy, audience member
/// Premiere: 1991
Short Stories is a suite of duets linked by a common theme – the enigmatic nature of relationships. In Mind Field, two men struggle to discover their sensuality/sexuality; In Possessions, a couple struggles over possession of an object to discover it isn’t what they are arguing about; In Distractions, a couple explores each other, though inaccessible; Thin Ice, with music by Richard Woodbury, reveals the tension of love and hate between two brothers.
Pushed to the Edge
/// Premiere: 2012
Pushed to the Edge brings the dance theater of India, Bharata Natyam, and Western contemporary dance into a cultural encounter that is about the crisis of identity that those with roots from two cultures confront. Pushed to the Edge premiered in April 2012 at The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. It was the recipient of a grant from Audience Architects’ New Stages for Dance Program.
TimeOut Chicago’s Zac Whittenburg describes the extensive collaboration between Rajagopalan (Director of Natya Dance Theatre) and Mordine as “a magnificent accomplishment.”
All at Once/Acts of Renewal
/// Premiere: March, 2013
Exploring the increasing awareness and experience of simultaneity, this dance is inspired by the ability to quickly process multiple sources of information in the digital age. In our world news about events and the lives of strangers are a click of a button away. We navigate through surprising, contrasting, and simultaneous realities that can be jarring, sometimes comical, shocking, and test our humanity and sense of self.
The piece features an original score composed by Shawn Decker.