The Retreat is a long form work of dance, music, light and fabric that interjects itself within a theatrical space, creating a languid, enveloping, technology-free environment that circumvents the habits of audience behavior by gently but radically reframing the performance experience. The project evolved from Orders from the Horse, which began by asking if improvisation could be engaged through surrender, by relinquishing control of the body (and to what was control being ceded)? This manifested a process of sub-cortical movement improvisation, a way of making choices from the low brain. This was performed in multiple iterations before folding into The Retreat, which featured three viewing options: evening-length (2 hrs), long-form (4 hrs), and overnight (12 hrs).
This is an ongoing project. The next installation will be a development residency at DFBRL8R with an excerpted showing at 10pm on Thursday, October 19th.