Motley Dance’s latest performance event, Drill Piece examines military custom, ritual and tradition in relationship to performance. Brought up in a military family, choreographer Motley considers how much of the Marine Corps lifestyle has carried over to her art practice. Inspired by the changing of the guard at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the USMC Silent Drill Team and basic training, the work draws comparison between the choreography and ritual that is present in both the military and an ensemble of female dancers. Drill Piece encourages its audience to ask deeper questions about their thoughts on military, gender, and the influence of a military presence both socially and culturally. It points to the small, mundane, and sometimes comical ways soldierly custom has been integrated into our lifestyle. Dancers interact with a vocal processor that distorts and loops their voices, exploring the existing military language of metaphors with which we describe our lives, such as “shot-gun” and “battle”. Music ensemble Colonna Sonora performs live with keyboard synthesizers, drum machine, electric guitar, and microphone. Visual artist Aleta Lanier provides haunting animations, further capturing the ever- existing presence of army in our day-to-day.
Motley Dance creates environmental, transporting and viscerally resonant performance events. Uniting movement, live music, film, and sculpturally resounding visuals Motley Dance develops interdisciplinary works that are responsive to its surrounding environment.
About the Company: Motley Dance
Motley Dance creates environmental, transporting and viscerally resonant performance events. Uniting movement, live music, film, and sculpturally resounding visuals Motley Dance develops interdisciplinary works that are responsive to its surrounding environment. Performance art, installation and experimental media inform and inspire the content of the work. Content is derived through research, collaboration, uncovering and digging at the questions that interest us.
September 20th and 21st, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Theater: Center for Performance Research
Address: 361 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Cost:$15/online, $18/at door
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006