BODYART, a multimedia, nine-member modern dance theatre company, today announced its New York City season slated to premiere three works by the company's Founder/Artistic Director Leslie Scott. Heavily influenced by photography, painting, and artistic collaborations, Scott presents a program that combines live musical performances, one-of-a-kind video projections and exclusive pictures with movement.
Highlighting the evening is LOFT – the NYC premiere of a 3-part work based on the movements of predatory birds. By coupling fluttering, wing-like arms and feathery black tutus with a provocative movement vocabulary while staged on a landscape of snow, LOFT symbolizes the juxtaposition of freedom and group mentality evidenced in the flocking of birds. LOFT is set to live music for contemporary string quartet PUBLIQuartet composed exclusively for this premiere by the Brooklyn-based W4 New Music composers collective.
According to Scott, "LOFT is otherworldly. "My hope is for audiences to feel that moment when you need to catch your breath. It's that moment of freedom when you're flying, reaching your peak, and are about to come soaring down. That moment on the roller coaster when you go all the way up and that split second before your body comes down. The thought was, 'What if you lived always in that moment?'"
Also on the program is the world premiere of I want…, a new mixed media solo performed by Rachel Abrahams. The dancer has an intricate relationship with an animated video in that it projects and reflects her own thoughts and feelings in a fun, light-hearted way. This marks yet another collaborative marriage for Scott - gripping choreography paired with animations by Adam Scher and illustrations by Ryan Taylor. Completing the program is the NYC premiere of Script (2010) – a celebration of movement set to a re-arranged Philip Glass score for saxophone quartet. Commissioned by Denton High School via the Dallas Dance Council, the music has been rearranged, performed and recorded by local Texas students.