Daniele Strawmyre’s piece Kaidan, which will be performed at the Live Arts Festival in 8 (eight choreographers / eight new works), draws on Japanese horror movies and the ancient tradition of hyakumonogatari kaidankai, or “the telling of 100 ghost stories.” Daniele’s performance in 8 will be offered on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
“I feel like there’re a lot of people who just watch “So You Think You Can Dance” and Broadway plays—they’re interested in being entertained. And they’re the kind of people that go a lot of carnivals and amusement parks,” she says. Daniele’s not one to turn up her nose at a good haunted house, but in creating Kaidan she hoped to combine that enjoyment of thrill-seeking and an “appreciation of something that’s beautiful or grotesque or thought-provoking, to bridge the gap between the elitist, ‘high art’ people and the thrill seekers.” Kaidan, the staged performance you’ll see this weekend, is a part of a longer work in development, Kaidan Insuto, which will emerge as an interactive installation later this year.
After the jump: so, what’s so scary about dance?