Under the artistic direction of Elisabeth Motley, Motley Dance is known for its interdisciplinary performance events that respond to their surrounding environment through a mixture of movement, live music, film, and visuals. This experimental dance group is only three (going on four) years old, and already has contributed a number of performance events to engage the NYC community.
Join Motley Dance this Friday Sept. 20 and Saturday Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. for the presentation of its latest work, Drill Piece at Brooklyn's Center for Performance Research.
Examining military custom, ritual, and tradition in relationship to performance, Drill Piece speaks to Motley's own military-family upbringing and the long term - now artistic - effect it has had on her. Specifically inspired by the changing of the guard at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Team, and basic training, the work uses choreography as a means to explore rituals within the military and those present within an ensemble of female dancers.
Keeping in tune with the company's interdisciplinary approach, dancers will also create a sound score with a vocal processor that distorts and loops their voices, incorporating existing military language and adopted metaphors (“shot-gun” and “battle”). In addition, the Colonna Sonora music ensemble will perform live with keyboard synthesizers, a drum machine, electric guitar, and microphone. Visual artist Aleta Lanier adds detailed, dream-like animations, further capturing the ever-existing presence of army in our day-to-day.
- WHEN: Friday Sept. 20 & Saturday Sept. 21 | 7:30 p.m.
- WHERE: Center for Performance Research (361 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, NY)
- TICKETS: Only $15 ONLINE HERE | $18 at the door