Dust By , An Opera By Robert Ashley, Choreographed By Megan Bridge

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Dust By <Fidget>, An Opera By Robert Ashley, Choreographed By Megan Bridge
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Thursday April 16 | 8pm *
Friday April 17 | 8pm
Saturday April 18 | 8pm **

“The way the voices lilt and shake, the words repeat, the pulse ticks, the narrative unwinds and loops back on itself…all these things bring up physical responses in me.” Megan Bridge, choreographer of Dust

“Dancing as attenuated and rarefied as a wisp of smoke.” The Philadelphia Inquirer

Time expands, shimmers forth and slips away.

Working with the original recording and a cast of five dancers, choreographer Megan Bridge explores the dark, hallucinatory, and the quirky, mundane world of composer Robert Ashley’s opera Dust. The work’s complex rhythms and distinct musicality—despite subject matter that includes war and a drug induced conversation with God—carry a strangely ebullient and humorous tone. Along with a video design that responds in real time to the dancers’ movement, Dust is boldly transformed into a new kind of performance

Robert Ashley was known for the distinctly American voice, language patterns, and structures of his operas. <fidget> cofounders Megan Bridge and Peter Price have created twenty original works of multimedia dance theater. Dust is performed by Megan Bridge, Christina Gesualdi, Beau Hancock, Greg Holt, and Michele Tantoco with video design by Peter Price.

Lucinda Childs served as choreographic mentor for the project.

*Post-show discussion on Thu, Apr 16
Erin Manning is a dramaturgical collaborator on Dust and a philosopher. She holds a University Research Chair in Relational Art and Philosophy in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). She is also the director of the SenseLab, a laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement.

**Pre-show demonstration on Sat, Apr 18 at 7pm
Dance with infrared sensors
Part of Philly Tech Week 2015 presented by Comcast
Peter Price’s video design for Dust uses infrared sensors to “see” the dancers as they move about the stage, projecting color fields that change in hue and saturation based on the dancers’ location in space and the intensity of their movement. Before the show on Saturday, April 18, ticket holders are invited to arrive at 7pm to dance with our technology and learn about how it works.
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