Aftermath is the first professional dance ever choreographed by Lizzie Leopold. It is a short, sparse, solo, created at the University of Michigan for graduating senior Libby Allsberry and performed at the American College Dance Festival to represent the University. Set to the hauntingly repetitive Fur Alina by Arvo Part, Leopold has presented the work in various incarnations of various lengths with various dancers since its 2004 premiere. Aftermath is a solo in the truest sense of the word, exploring ideas of solitude, scarcity, and longing. It was most recently performed by Striding Lion Performance Group Artistic Director Annie Arnoult at Chicago’s prestigious Pritzker Pavillion, as a part of a series of Martha Graham inspired events entitled “Vision, Faith, & Desire.” With minimal movement, costuming, and music, the piece is an abstraction of the idea of recovery in the same way that Martha Graham’s iconic solo “Lamentation” is a meditation on its title.
Choreography: Lizzie Leopold
Dancers: Libby Allsberry (2004), Shannyn Hart (2007), Melissa Bloch (2009), Annie Arnoult (2014)
Music: Fur Alina, Arvo Part