Lips of Their Fingers, premiered in 2011 in Chicago, at The Drucker Center’s Fasseas White Box Theater as a part of the Chicago Cultural Center’s DanceBridge Residency. The idea of the work is to talk with your body, to ‘make lips of your fingers.’ It is to dance and be watched, and to recognize, invite, and participate in the act of watching as you dance. The idea is simple, yet full of complications. The idea is to gradually reveal more of the body and to see how that affects the watching. The idea is to have fun. It is to start big and end small. The idea is to invite the audience into one world and then slowly peel away its layers to reveal another. The idea is to watch the body, or the dancing, or the body dancing. The idea is to feel the distraction of one from the other. The idea is conversation.
Choreography: Lizzie Leopold
Music: various selections by the Beastie Boys
Lighting: Joshua Paul Weckesser
Dancer: Melissa Bloch, Natalia Negron, Jordan Newmark, Nicole Romano Uribarri, Laura Vinci de Vanegas
A new, expanded, edited, and clarified version of the dance was premiered in March of 2014 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts in a shared program with The Space/Movement Project. Two Chopin selections were added to the all Beastie Boys score.
2014 Dancers: Amanda Dye, Alyssa Gregory, Jordan Newmark, Cara Newman, Natalia Negron Stamm, Laura Vinci de Vanegas
Videography: Matthew Hughes
Photos by Matthew Gregory Hollis