Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods’
Until Our Hearts Stop
choreographed by Meg Stuart
Friday, May 4 & Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 pm
566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square
In UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP, six performers and a three-piece, onstage jazz band, find themselves in an unreliable, high-octane refuge, both nightclub and an arena: a place of desire and illusion, experiencing extreme intimacy at each other’s hands. To the sound of throbbing basses, piano and drums – a mix between improvisation and composition – they connect and explore each other, drawing the audience into their immersive world. Stuart drew inspiration from people who retreat from the real world and construct their own, fantastic set of rules. The performers are forced to connect in uncomfortable, yet playful ways. Navigating between naivety and despair, they are dreamers who long for reality and seek new forms of appearance.
Meg Stuart is a New Orleans-born choreographer and dancer, working and living in Berlin and Brussels. Stuart moved to New York in 1983 and was actively involved in the downtown New York dance scene for many years. Together with her company, Damaged Goods, she has created over 30 stage works, ranging from solos to large-scale choreographies, site specific creations and improvisation projects. Stuart strives to develop a new language for every piece in collaboration with artists from different creative disciplines and navigates the tension between dance and theater. Her work revolves around the idea of an uncertain body, one that is vulnerable and self-reflexive, constantly searching for new presentation contexts and territories for dance. Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods has an on-going collaboration with Kaaitheater (Brussels) and HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin).
Photo by: Iris Janke
(Source: NYU Skriball Press Release)