Ceremonious/Unceremonious - A duet by Brontez Purnell and Sophia Wang at Kunst-Stoff
Ceremonious/Unceremonious - A duet by Brontez Purnell and Sophia Wang
Ceremonious/Unceremonious, a new work by the Brontez Purnell Dance Company, combines fierce physicality with an episodic narrative expanding the vocabulary and syntax of movement to celebrate, point towards and explore the ritual of the everyday. This new work juxtaposes the language and form of mixtape-influenced happening, folkloric dance, and contemporary swagger. Developed with support from the AIRspace residency program and the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Ceremonious premiers at KUNST-STOFF arts on October 10.
The piece essentially picks up where the Brontez Purnell Dance Company's The Episodes left off. Though instead of exploring the everyday as ritual, Ceremonious will distort, honor, and challenge the "Rite of Passage" in culture as we know it.
The two dancers position themselves as both the Masters of Ceremony and the party crashers. They both perform the rights, never being afraid to ask "what makes this all so goddamn special" - so as to explore the nuances of ceremony as led by the archetypal figure of the Trickster.
This new work finds form through text, movement, and the liberation of a field of white balloons that, as with rituals and rites, comes to signify what we need them to mean. The piece begins with physical exertion in conversation with meaning, and builds slowly and surely. We manifest the fundamental resistance and listlessness of the human psyche which begs "can we PLEASE get on with this already?!?!" Resistance becomes a crucial rite in itself: acknowledging both the appeal and the tyranny of our shared cultural scripts.
Since 2010, the Brontez Purnell Dance Company has been presenting experimental dance & movement theatre works with a radically open understanding of the forms, bodies, and idioms of dance.
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