A dance theatre work of intrigue and innuendo about LUV for the digital age
Maida Withers Dance Construction Company premieres Collision Course – a.k.a. Pillow Talk, an evening-length work conceived and directed by noted Washington, DC choreographer, Maida Withers, to be presented by The George Washington University in the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, December 7 and 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm.
Tickets – $22, general admission; $17, artists and seniors; $12, students – may be purchased online at http://www.maidadance.com.
Collision Course – a.k.a. Pillow Talk presents a dance theatre work from associated memories, dreams, and nightmares about the fiction and reality of LUV for the digital age. This real yet surreal evening-length performance by four extraordinary dance artists exposes the fragile and volatile nature of relationships. The lush white-on-white stage setting provides a palette for the immersive electronic installation of vogue portraits of the dancers, visual poetry and floor paintings paired with live electronic music.
Pristine white bed pillows create a sumptuous environment on stage in all scenes bringing both physical and symbolic meaning to the work. These familiar objects of passion and pleasure provide dancers the opportunity to reconfigure the space constructing a sanctuary for intimacy and violence, humor, and even remorse. Pillows are embraced, shared, relayed, and taped to the body like appendages, becoming an ever-present friend and companion, a shield for protection, a burden, an instrument for violence, a suffocating handicap, and a comfort needed for a soft landing. Collision Course – a.k.a. Pillow Talk is at once bold, delicate, daring, loving and audacious. Pillows thrown, relationships caught! What dreams of love do nightmares bring?
Withers comments, “Collision Course, as with all my works, is primarily a body-based art. At the end of the day we return to the pillow; the place where thoughts are shared and decisions are made. There’s pillow talk, then life happens! Each of the four dance artists brings rich personal expression and nuance to convey the innuendo and subtleties required on the topic of LUV relationships.”