Every person has a backstory: a series of actions and events that brought them to the present moment. In their previous choreographic work entitled the evolution of this moment, RealLivePeople(in)Motion delved into their own histories to figure out how they wound up at the present. In their new work, Backstories, RealLivePeople(in)Motion approached the idea a little differently.
Venturing out into the streets of Philadelphia, Gina Hoch-Stall, co-director and choreographer, captured three seemingly insignificant street moments on film. The clips were presented to the dancers, who were asked to share their perceptions and to suggest a back story for each of the clips. The dances to be presented in Backstories were created from reactions by the dancers, along with the original gestures of the individuals caught on film and Gina’s own physical interpretations of those interactions.
The score for Backstories was composed by Ilan Isakov, It derives from the street sounds that accompanied the original interactions caught on film. Ilan has extracted words, tones, car horns and sneezes–some of which you will recognize but most of which you will not.
Artist Andrea Caldarise has created the set pieces by reflected the actual process of creating Backstories, as well as utilizing her own spatial interpretations of the performance.
For RealLivePeople(in)Motion, the show is intended as an honest investigation of what we see when we observe strangers, what our perceptions tell us about ourselves, as well as how we can clarify those perceptions by artistic means. In continuing their investigation of such moments, RealLivePeople(in)Motion also invites audience members to share their own back stories, some of which may even make it onto the stage!
RLPiM started out as a group of movers interested in how and why our lives change course. They discovered that within most major life events are smaller moments that matter just as much. Using movement to recognize and interpret these smaller moments, our dances resonate with audiences by quoting from the lives we are living, seeing and questioning.
Currently RLPiM is building a movement vocabulary that reflects their desire for inventive, athletic movement and their interest in bringing human life onto the stage via familiar gestures and idiosyncratic ticks. It is about virtuosity and looking beautiful but it is also about being exhausted and feeling nervous. It is about being human onstage—part performance, part real-life.
Backstories: An evening of contemporary dance, original music and art
presented by RealLivePeople(in)Motion
Thursday June 2nd at 7:30pm
Friday June 3rd at 8pm
Saturday June 4th at 8pm
Sunday June 5th at 3pm
At the Latvian Society, 531 N. 7th Street, Philadelphia
Photos by William Hebert and Press Image by Katelyn Reiersen.
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