OPEN is a performance event conceived for the courtyard of the Cathedral of St Paul on Woodward Avenue in Detroit. Harnessed to the backs of dancers, light and projected images will trace movement pathways and wash across the walls of the cathedral’s recessed courtyard, while momentarily illuminating the performers and audience members. As extension of the dancers, all light will be invested with a mobile kineticism. OPEN articulates a play between light and movement as it is deflected off the body of the performer and dispersed outward to graze the site of the dance. Dancers carve and careen through the darkness, dragging worlds of light and projected environs behind them. A large, pneumatic structure in the middle of the space subtly glows as a temporary harbor for the performers throughout the duration of the piece. OPEN is envisioned as both a dance and environmental installation, including periods of repetition and stillness, and enabling the performance to continue for 3 hours.
October 5th and 6th, 2012
9pm - midnight
at the Cathedral of St Paul on Woodward Avenue, Detroit
running time: 3 hours