An exploration of the physicality of religious ecstasy through the lens of the American Southern Pentecostal tradition. Choreography and concept by Eric Mullis.
Salt Marsh Suite
Premiere performance in the CUBE at Virginia Tech's Moss Arts Center, April 2014. Choreography by Rachel Grant Rugh, Danah Bella and Ann Kilkelly with the dancers.
Project Director: Carol Burch-Brown
Performance Director: Ann Kilkelly
Composer: Tohm Judson
Video Editor: Joan Grossman
There's No "Id" in Team
Choreography by Kaitlin McCarthy, 2013
Meanwhile: in Seattle
Choreography by Jurg Koch. Performed in the Seattle International Dance Festival 2011
I am wearing an orange t-shirt for the first half of the piece, and later change into a red halter top. Featured duet at 2:45, and also at 5:40.
Empath Mourning the Colonial Loop
The Empath series is representative of a collaborative unfolding between visual/new media artist Tacie Jones and choreographer/dancer Rachel Rugh. THe piece is a response to the violently traumatic impact of eminent domain on a rural community in the path of an invasive, redundant natural gas pipeline. The time-based, performative acts are both interpretative mourning gestures and a document of scarred and jeopardized locations.
The Telephone Dance Project
The Telephone Dance Project turns the classic game of "telephone" into a long-distance collaboration tool. Over several months the four collaborators created choreographic material inspired by their own geographical location, transcribed it, and sent it to each other via snail mail letting each recipient reinterpret it as the the letter passed down the line. These phrases are then used to create an improvisational score, directed by each participant in their own home state, bringing location and inspiration together. Each performance is created anew, depending on the specific time and place occupied by the participants.