Method Contemporary Dance Asks: Do You Still Love Us?
Method Contemporary Dance photo by Keith Weng
Choreographer Bradley Michaud does not want to say more than what we see or feel when we look at his dances. His promotional materials highlight the lack of embellishment to the dancing--no text, no video, no acting--and emphasize the "pure, high velocity, idiosyncratic, unbridled movement and momentum."
So, I'm not sure if I can tell you what he and his company, Method Contemporary Dance will be dancing about in "then see if you still love us" during its premiere run at the Bootleg Theater this weekend (ticket info here). But, according to what I've seen the company do in the past four years, each minute of the evening length work will probably be filled with intensely visceral explosions of artistry.
Michaud explains that the new piece dives into the moment of sheer abandon in "a non-stop, hyper physical, tour-de-force mediation on love and loss in the modern world." He sees the human body as the sole communicator, with no artifice attached. A recent winner of the CHIME mentorship grant that paired him with mentor/choreographer Rosanna Gamson, the man relishes the off-center and flourishes in the extreme.
Wow! Sounds like a lot to chew on in only sixty minutes! But, featuring in-your-face dancers Chelsea Asman, Jay Bartley, Nicole Cox, Jessie Harper, Kalani McManus and the choreographer, my bet is that I leave the performance with a damp shirt and a lot on my mind.
Clickhere for an online interview with the company at work and make your way to the Bootleg this weekend!