For Symphony Space’s annual Dance Sampler on April 25, twelve choreographers were asked to create short works on the theme “Blues in the Night.” Here’s what that inspired in David Parker of The Bang Group.
For years I’ve been making a series of dances without music in which the sounds and rhythms made by the dancers provide their own musical accompaniment. To accomplish these pieces, the dancers rely on elaborate, memorized, counted scores. They are also only very rarely in unison, making accuracy of timing paramount. In other words, these pieces are held together through sheer mental force. I call this new work Bluestockings, which is an old fashioned word for erudite or scholarly women. I wanted to turn the expression on its head and celebrate the prodigious intelligence of Amber, Nic, and Jeff, my three bluestockings of the evening. Despite the title, they will perform barefoot, without music, to their own amplified footfalls.