When: Fri., Oct. 28, 8 p.m. 2011
As it panned from room to room in an Australian tenement, slowly unspooling its denizens' neuroses, Chunky Move's psychological thriller, Tense Dave, suggested what might happen if David Lynch ever got into modern dance. But regional audiences expecting a dance theater work similar to this group's memorable performances at the 2005 American Dance Festival are in for a change-up when the company completes a weeklong residency at Duke with a performance Friday night.
Connected is artistic director Gideon Obarzanek's valedictory work for the company he founded in 1995. In a relatively subtle series of interactions, the company assembles kinetic sculpture by California artist Reuben Margolin and then responds to its changes. When completed, Margolin's suspended grid of sticks and cables form a three-dimensional matrix that displays wave forms generated by the performers, undulating to the score by composers Oren Ambarchi and Robin Fox. The work was inspired by a quote from Aldous Huxley: "All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours."
Before Friday's show, Obarzanek and Margolin will have a public conversation on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Franklin Humanities Institute Garage in Duke's Smith Warehouse; there's also an open rehearsal Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Industries Theater. Catch a preview of this trippy work at bit.ly/CHUNKY. —Byron Woods