Dixon Place to Present World Premiere of TRACKS, Begin. 4/23
Dixon Place (Ellie Covan, Artistic Director) and LAVA are proud to present the world premiere of Tracks, the 13th evening-length dance work by OBIE and Bessie Award-winning company LAVA. Known for their feats of strength, daring and sheer thought-provocation, LAVA will perform Tracks for a limited engagement at Dixon Place beginning April 23rd, running through May 4th. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 at the door, $17 for students and seniors ($15 tickets are available for the performances on April 23 and April 29). For tickets, call 212.219.0736 or go to www.dixonplace.org.
Created and performed by a cast of diverse artists who push the boundaries of gender conformity, ensemble unity and audience activation, LAVA's Tracks connects the human to the geologic through landscapes that are metaphorical, scientific and visceral. From the limestone of the land to the limestone in our bones, LAVA's intrepid crew navigates, deconstructs, and liberates the classic hero's journey, creating a connective expedition of desert trails, mountainous emotional passages, ocean crossings, and voluntary and involuntary voyages.
As always with LAVA, the underpinnings of the show interweave scientific principles with a larger and distinctly feminist theme: reconnecting us with our neglected ancestors - the rocks, terrain, women, and under-heard voices of our shared and individual origin stories as underground movements of sediment and peoples carry the audience on an expedition transformed by visits with ancestors and visionaries of the past and future.
Using their signature hybrid language of acrobatics and dance, the company of female and transgender performers creates a living caravan of two-highs, navigates an ocean vessel of swinging ropes and suspended fishing net, improvises in an underground cave of experimental sound, and generates a geologic subduction zone with rambunctious and ecstatic partnering.
DJ Tikka Masala's original musical score samples, illuminates, and cross-pollinates between different cultures, bringing the show a bass beat that vibrates, erupts, and lubricates all of the joints in our bodies. Videos by Nancy Brooks Brody and LAVA founder Sarah East Johnson, inspired by Chantal Ackerman's film News From Home, connect the choreographic terrain, constantly journeying through traditional and modern modes of transportation. The text, developed by the ensemble, comes from first-person narratives of pioneers, survivors, visionaries and grandmothers including Robyn Davidson, who traveled across the Australian outback with a team of camels in the 1970s, Harriet Jacobs, author of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl as told by Herself, Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, and Alexandra David Neel, who traveled through Tibetan monasteries in the 1920's when it was a closed country.