Performa/Dance Presents CONFECTIONS Dance Delights at the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden
Performa/Dance invites audiences to the Umlauf Sculpture Garden where their senses will be delighted by three whimsical dances, a dreamy array of sweet desserts and libations, and a special guest performance by composer Catherine Davis.
Once 'Round the Sun, by Artistic Director Jennifer Hart, is a playful abstraction of Terry Riley's G-Song, a work built on a jazz progression with a sixteen-bar repeated phrase that grows increasingly complex. This ten-minute work centers on three people whose lives have crossed for a brief time - their connectivity, joy, responsiveness to each other and, eventually, their parting.
Salt and Folly, also by Hart, humorously imagines 18th century life behind the veneer of beauty and ceremony in the royal court. The work explores themes of celebrity, desire, power, fantasy, and the mercurial strands of the human psyche. The music is a curation of classical and contemporary compositions: Gioachino Rossini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ben Frost.
Gnosis, by guest choreographer Alexa Capareda, is a study on sparseness, gesture, and physicality, keying into the graceful peculiarities of Erik Satie's Gnossiennes.
Scene 2 is a haunting, beautiful cello piece by award-winning Austin composer Catherine Davis. The piece is written for solo cello using a loop pedal in order to layer the different parts, thus sounding like multiple cellos playing at once, but in fact, features only one soloist.
Tickets for Performa/Dance's production of Confections are available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.