As the crow flies from Philadelphia to Chicago
SALTY LARK DANCE presents 664 MILES at Links Hall November 3-5, 2017
Chicago’s SALTY LARK DANCE will be joined by Philadelphia-based The Naked Stark for 664 MILES, a concert of five dance works defined by evocative movement language and lush physicality.
Over the past ten years, choreographers Madeleine Reber (SALTY LARK DANCE) and Katherine Kiefer Stark (The Naked Stark) have sustained an ongoing dialog about creative process, movement, and aesthetics. Stark and Reber share many values – artistically, socially, politically, bodily. We make work that speaks to human experience and hope to provoke thought, but beyond that we are both interested in something that is harder to put into words, to touch the whole person, to invite the audience on a transformative journey. We care about the stories dances tell and the identities portrayed within those stories. We wrestle with questions about power, identity, gender, bodies, and culture. This year we bring our work together to cross-pollinate ideas and dance making between our two cities.
SALTY LARK DANCE presents the Chicago premiere of Bones and Trains along with Lighthouse and Parachutes in our Pockets. These works allude to voyage and navigation, and contemplate the mechanisms, crafts, and ideas that get us from here to there. Layering intricate gestural composition and poignant imagery, they do not follow linear narratives, but reverberate with the substance of human experience.
The Naked Stark brings two new works for its Chicago debut, Power Suite and What’s in a name? Dynamic momentum-based phrasing propels dancers through space in these works reflecting Stark’s interest in the construction and possibilities for deconstruction of ourselves, our values, and our social norms. Featuring four dancers clinging, ducking, grabbing real and perceived resources, Power Suite examines power as an entity and identity. What’s in a name? is the newest work in Stark’s excavation of herself.