Facts: Human skin is the outer covering of the body. In humans it is the largest of the organ system. It contains multiple layers of tissue and guards the underlying muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs. It serves as a sort of protection. Thoughts: The touch on a person’s skin can evoke emotional reactions and desires through a non-verbal form of communication. A simple caress can send shivers down one’s spine, make us retract, retreat or compel us to return the sense of touch to another human. Sometimes, it does not protect our hearts.
Co-Directed by Angie Simmons and Amy Shelley, the Denver- based dance company, Evolving Doors Dance, takes on the essence of touch with their premiere evening-length concert “Skin”. Choreographer Simmons examines the many facets of human contact, skin on skin, if you will, as she journeys through a variety of questions. Why do we touch? How do we use touch to communicate and what are we saying when we do? Why do we long for human contact? How can touch be so universal and, at the same time, so uniquely intimate? What happens to the human body at the moment of touch?
Slowly formulating various movement motifs with her ensemble of talented front-range modern dancers as well as guest dancers from the community, Simmons developed the work through months of rehearsals, experimentation and exploration. Yes, there will be literal touching and expressing the idea of contact through the dance phrases, but some of the work is more visceral, abstract and conjuring. Not only do the performers experience touch on a personal level, but actually witness and feel the touch of others who long for that kind of intimacy.
Shelley, the musical side of this equation, has woven together a sound scape of found music, ambient sounds and text, spoken by the dancers and outside voices. Ranging from strings to indie music, Shelley has created a continuous score that fills the entire 75 minute piece.
Working in partnership for many years, Simmons and Shelley have developed a path that continues to flourish with each new work. Where Simmons directs the movement content and has a direct hand in the selection of the music, Shelley observes the beginning stages of the choreographic creation and then becomes more involved about two-thirds into the process. During the final stretch Shelley constructs the overall sound score to which Simmons and the dancers flesh out the work to fit the music in the just the right form. Each one bending and mending their side of the work to make a unique artistic collaboration.
Presented in a seamless flow of ensemble work, solos, duets and trios, “Skin” is certain to touch the audience in a meaningful and intimate approach.
Fact: We all long for touch. To touch, to be touched and witness touch. We feel it intensely, for it is human nature.
The Dairy Center for the Arts
2590 Walnut St., Boulder
Friday November 2 7:30 p.m.
Saturday November 3 7:30 p.m.
$18, Students and Seniors $16
To purchase tickets phone 303.444.7328 or go online at www.thedairy.org
1387 South Sante Fe Drive
Thursday November 8 7:30 p.m.
Friday November 9 7:30 p.m.
Nov 8 & 9 at 7:30pm at the KRD Venue
General: $18, Student/Senior: $16
Service fees may apply.