A Ruckus Recess

Choreography: James Kirby Rogers
Music: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595 Mozart 1. Allegro

This piece is my first choreographic attempt. When I began it, I entered a new world of dance where one speaks through others instead of speaking through ones self. As a consequence I wanted to find common ground to jump off from. A shared platform that I, my dancers and the audience had all experienced and could return to. I chose childhood, that time in everyones life where the world revolves around a different center than that of adults. For children, the things that are most important are completely grounded in the present. There is no fear of the future, or longing for the past, there is simply the present. As an adult I am finding now that my life is seldom concerned with the present, and that more and more I am either looking ahead or behind. This piece uses puerility and innocence to reveal the disconnect between child and adult. It serves as a reminder of a time when there could be no preconceptions and all that was ahead were hopes and aspirations.

World Premiere: February 16-19, 2017 at the Todd Bolender Center

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