Choreography: Hilary Easton
Performers: Alexandra Albrecht, Michael Ingle, Joshua Palmer,
Emily Pope-Blackman, and Sarah Young
Music: Mike Rugnetta
Costumes: Madeleine Walach
Premiere: Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYC
In celebration of Hilary Easton + Co.'s 20th Anniversary Season
The Constructors, set to original music by Mike Rugnetta, lighting by Kathy Kaufmann, and costumes by Madeleine Walach, reflects upon the nature of collaborative experience--chronicling the satisfactions and challenges in the act of "dancing together". With an adroit choreographic structure, The Constructors presents a series of kinetic tasks that lead to an increasingly layered and interrlated social fabric. The "we" which emerges is fully animated by the individuals involved, and alters those individual selves as well. The Constructors continues Ms. Easton's career-long fascination with the open ended conversation between performer, work of art, and viewer; the most compelling act of construction is the one established by these three entities.
For the Thursday and Friday evening performances at BAC, Ms. Easton will additionally perform a solo, The Heart is Like a Toboggan, with costume by renowned fashion designer Cynthia Rowley. Following the Sunday, May 20th performance (2:00pm), Ms. Easton will lead a presentation/dialogue anatomizing the work, with specific sections recapped, discussed, and examined by the company. This dialogue is open to audience members who attended any of the four performances.
The Constructors was created, in part, through the generous support of Manhattan Community Arts Fund, The Harkness Foundation,
and The Ernst-Katzman Family Foundation.