It was Fall 1986, and it was our second season! Some of the earlier dancers had moved on, some had stayed and new ones had entered the picture… This season’s dancers were Andrea Needle, Gina Ostini, Noel Sturm, Christopher Wolters, and myself.
The dances were Sensing Our Power to Combine, Faces of the Goddess, and Dance and The Meaning of Life. Power to Combine was an either interesting or simply weird (depends on perspective!) combination of four distinct sections…The Myth and the Memory (music by David Bowie) E Pluribus Esprit (music by The Human League) Equations (music by Buddy Emmons) and The Virgin and The Dude (music by Joe Jackson). It was an exploration of multiple ways that humans seek to make connections, based originally on a poem by Linda Fasten. Full of some fun moments and “interesting” (for lack of a better word) choreography, I can see the seeds of later work in this early one.
Faces of the Goddess was a exploration of my developing spiritual system as I began to question some of the beliefs that had been with me since childhood. Program notes talk about my interest in the fact that human beings tend to give their deities sexual characteristics… and even more interesting to me was that early religions made many of their deities female as that was the gender that people actually knew could create life. Gina Ostini danced the maiden, Andrea Needle dance the mother, and I danced the old woman.
Dance and the Meaning of Life was a kind of “tongue in cheek” look at dance through the ages and included music by King Sunny Ade, Mendelsohn, Vangelis, Rod Stewart, and The Blues Brothers. Another, shall we say, “eclectic” mix of music and movement that allowed me to again, use a wide range of technical styles in order to rough out a kind of story line.
The pictures are a bit blurry as they are taken off of aging VHS tapes!