Friday, October 1, 2010

BalletLab’s Miracle is a triumphant onslaught of choreographic hysteria performed against repetitive mantra, movement, and hymn-like voices. Dealing in themes of the afterlife, eternity and cult behavior, Miracle creates a sonic and physical world of overwhelming fervor, spiraling group dynamics, and intense sound. Miracle gravitates toward the emotionally challenging terrain of iconographic religious imagery, communal living, and the behavioral patterns of revolutionary cult groups in the 1960s and ‘70s. The examination of cult mass suicides, including the Jonestown massacre of 1978, inspired the conceptual thread of blind belief as the gateway to the afterlife.

Please note that this performance contains nudity and loud moments.

Hélène Lesterlin

BalletLab is regarded as one of the most inventive experimental dance companies in Australia. Combining densely layered, technical dancing with installation, sound, and set collaborations, Artistic Director Phillip Adams has created a body of work that is sophisticated, physically idiosyncratic, and aesthetically unique. BalletLab’s works provide a transforming, often provocative experience for the audience, the art form, and the performer. Adams’ meticulously conceived creations range from exuberant, technically virtuosic dance for traditional theaters to sophisticated “boutique” works that can be presented in unconventional settings or experienced as installations. Formed in 1999, the company has performed at festivals and venues across the world.

October 1, 2010, 9PM
October 2, 2010, 8PM
Return to Filament

"Phillip Adams' work approaches the sublime in the most sophisticated sense of the term — his choreography often exceeds the boundaries of the rational mind to produce an experience beyond words, logic or interpretation."
— John Bailey, Sunday Age

Chloe Smethurst
Dance Out There
July 19, 2009

EMPAC 2010-2011 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA