• photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

    photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

  • photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

    photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

  • photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

    photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

  • photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

    photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

  • photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

    photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

Lips of Their Fingers (2011)


Lips of Their Fingers, premiered in 2011 in Chicago, at The Drucker Center’s Fasseas White Box Theater. It grews out of the historic tradition of pantomime as a part of dance. With a musical score by the Beastie Boys, Lips brings new meaning to the phrase “body language.” Gradually peeling off layers of clothing, the cast of five pits intensely physical movement against the most inanimate of objects to pose questions of embodied communication. Lips brings to light the questions that constantly plague modern dance – Is it possible to see the body separate from the dance? And more simply, what does it mean? – asking the audience to accept this repurposing of body parts as “they try to make lips of their fingers.”

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

Videography: Matthew Hughes
Photos by Matthew Gregory Hollis