With its breath-taking opening, State of Heads explores the feeling of waiting. Waiting for a hero, waiting to see what happens. Working with the idea that “Heads” of states seem to be disconnected from the “Body” of the country, Uchizono and dancers Levi Gonzalez, Carla Rudiger, and Rebecca Serrell examine the concept of disjointedness and the passage of time in a state of hiatus, creating a strange world of endearingly odd characters. With Bessie-Award-winning musical score by James Lo and lighting design by Stan Pressner.
Leap to Tall is an homage to Mikhail Baryshnikov, known for his gravity-defying leaps, not only on the stage but in life, and his most recent leap, the Baryshnikov Art Center in New York. Without a single “grand jeté” Baryshnikov flies along with phenomenal dancers Hristoula Harakas and Jodi Melnick and music by avant-garde composers Michael Floyd and Ivan Bittova.
Hailed by Ms. Magazine’s end-of-the-century issue as “a choreographer making great leaps forward into the 21st century,” Donna Uchizono is known for work spiced with wit, rich invention, and unexpected beauty. A Guggenheim Fellow, Uchizono’s work has been recognized by, most notably, a 2005 Alpert Award in Dance and a Bessie for her piece Low (2002). Uchizono is currently creating a new piece As eyes see it (working title), with original score by Fred Frith which will premiere at Dance Theater Workshop in NYC in October 2007.
State of Heads was originally commissioned by the Bessie Schoenberg/First Light commissioning program of New York’s Dance Theater Workshop with funds from the Jerome Foundation of St. Paul, MN. Leap to Tall was commissioned by the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation.