Extra Shapes is a new work commissioned by EMPAC that explores ideas of spectatorship and the perceptual and functional differences between movement, sound, and light. The piece occupies a rotating, rectangular space divided into three equal and autonomous spaces dedicated to sound, light, and dance, respectively (compared by the artist to a “gently rotating slice of Neapolitan ice cream on a plate in front of you”), that is experienced from all sides over the course of the piece. As in her prior work, Dorvillier considers the boundaries of sound, light, and dance, presenting the three mediums simultaneously but separately.
Dorvillier is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher whose projects have been presented in New York City at Danspace Project, The Kitchen, NY Live Arts, and PS 122, among others, and abroad. In 2000, she founded her company—human future dance corps—to support her individual work and collaborations, which have included Jennifer Monson, Jennifer Lacey, Zeena Parkins, Yvonne Meier, and Sarah Michelson, among others.