Bold spirited choreography intertwines with Jim Lewis’ finely crafted sculptures to carve a landscape of vivacity and intimacy. A full evening work, the dance unearths and delves into the legends, secrets and anecdotes emanating from these African influenced designs.
Costume Design and Construction: Kim Vanyo
From the mind/of a single, long vine/one hundred opening lives is a full evening work created by choreographer Ellen Sinopoli, in collaboration with wood sculptor Jim Lewis. Begun during a residency at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli, NY, this dance unearths and delves into the stories emanating from nine distinctively designed “sitting structures” by Jim Lewis. In her choreography, Ellen puts forth these questions – “Can these seating elements, strewn across the space, act as a kind of journal? What stories, both private and universal, will emanate from them? What are the legends, secrets and anecdotes of those who come to sit in and share these spaces?” The dancers use these sculpted pieces, based on African form, to carve a landscape of both vivacity and intimacy. The music, also African in origin, adds a sometimes haunting, sometimes wistful, sometimes smiling, but always bold spirit.
Jim Lewis’ wood sculptures lend themselves to dance imagery, and, in particular, to Ellen Sinopoli’s archetypal stories of society. Together, the choreographer, sculptor, and dancers explore how we develop and form ourselves within the context of a larger society. We grow to shape as individuals as we fit a broader contour that humans have always held. We mold ourselves in the human form, yet our choices are unique, and to a purpose we decide for ourselves.
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