P A S T W O R K
A site-specific piece made for NYC Poetry Festival on Governors Island. Three dancers live amidst tensions vacillating between familiarity and stillness to discomfort and dysphoria, reenforced by the bucolic setting of Governors Island, which, like all stylized colonial utopias, encourages amnesia about its violent past. Commissioned by NYC Poetry Society, and Milk Press. Performers: Kristyn Arch, Kelsey Greenway, Lir Katz with poetry by Caitlin Adams and music by Camille.
Displace Engine was selected for Gibney Dance NYC Performance Opportunity Project (POP). It is the premier work of caitlinadams/HEIDCO.
DE centers itself around absences created by displacement and disassociation, elliptically addressing social issues, scientific and natural processes, and cultural identity, without reducing or literalizing those experiences. DE utilizes choreographic methods of repetition, instant composition, and variations on kinetic and structural themes; the movement both deconstructs and indulges in sentimentality by romanticizing physical vocabulary over time.
The sonic environment creates distance between the product and the consumer (ie: the dance and the audience) by employing an aesthetic of "sexualized metal" – with music by electronic goth artist SOFIA RETA CORPORATION, and sound engineer, Zach Crumrine, styled by Helena Grierson of Libertine and FLOWERS.
This project includes research in Marxist philosophy of "commodity fetishism," capitalist ideology, and techniques of engineering and physics.
The four fiscal quarters: An Opera
The Four Fiscal Quarters, A 60-minute opera includes a principal cast of four internationally performing opera singers and a dance ensemble of six, accompanied by a live orchestra. The story opens with a crisis in the form of a massive layoff and follows four C-Level officers as they struggle to hold their company together. Performed in the Los Angeles’ Pan Pacific Park’s flood control basin, and produced by Machine Project, the project received a portion of its funding from the National Endowment for the Arts "Imagine Your Parks" grant. (This was a large collaborative project; roles included: artistic direction, movement direction, casting direction, and choreographer.)
Good Mother studies the effects of disassociation on the individual as related to other bodies in space, attempting to answer questions surrounding the growth of disassociation within systems, structures, and processes. With a depersonalized approach, the performers navigate a plane of existence through a taut, mechanical, classically informed vocabulary, framing the dancers as molecules originating from the same complex structure. In chemistry, disassociation is reversible thus dancers are constantly teetering on physical alignment or unison. The work is centered around a duet originally crated with and performed by Erin Bishop O'Brien and Stephen Patterson, also features dancers Autumn Randolph and Charlotte Smith. Good Mother and Displace Engine are currently in process of re-adaptation as one dance theatre piece.
BETWEEN THE CHAMBER, THE CAVITY, YOU,
AND A RECEPTACLE FOR ONE MORE
A multimedia, interdisciplinary series featuring live and virtual performances from more than 20 participants with varied artistic backgrounds. This project is the result of collaborative, leaderless conversations pursued and processed privately between director and participating artists. Performers share space only on nights of presentation. As the series continues, more individuals will become involved, more bodies/lands/countries/states are represented. This project aims to enhance local and global pluralism by magnifying immediate reality and giving total agency to everyone in the space. Through verbal, non verbal and unnamable language, the artists will process and provide lenses into their realities while in dialogue, collision and agreement with shared space and time. Central focus aims to distance the physical and mental body in order to illuminate the intersection of the private and public spheres of the individual. It explores the privacy of the body, striving to locate the language of our anatomical home.
PART 1: DYNASTY CENTER/OCT 2015
PART 2: EXIT OVERLAND/HIGHWAYS PERFORMANCE SPACE (Leo Garcia & Patrick Kennelly Present)
PART 3: EVERYTHING CAN MAKE ME MAD RIGHT NOW, EVERYTHING/REDCAT STUDIO MARCH 2016
w/ BESTFRIENDS(Caitlin Adams + Chelsea Rector)
Full Cast: Erin Bishop-O'brien, Joey Cannizzaro, Camila, Chelsea Conwright, Zach Crumrine, Ariana Daub, Eloise Deluca, Wesley Ensminger, Arne Gjelton, Becca Green, Helena Grierson, Tiara Jackson, Yvonne Lacombe
Pete Laughlin, Kelsey Lanceta, Ryan Masson, Elisabeth Mladenov, Tariq Mitri, Madison Page, Anna Luisa Petrisko, Chelsea Rector, Patrice Roth, Jordan Saenz