Still Life for Two, for you.
Our approach to making this 'Still Life' series is similar to that of early American still life painters and the precision with which they would paint things changing right before their eyes, like rotting fruit or decaying carcasses. Their impossible task of attempting to make the impermanent permanent set our wheels in motion in the studio.
The way a trompe l’oeil painter uses their skills, perspective, and precision to trick the eye of the viewer into believing realness is similar to the way we hope the dance has an effect on the audience. Realness, intimacy, curious moments, and a sense of being compelled to pay deep attention to fleeting action are all experiences we hope the audience will have when they see our work. In making these still life dances, we are left with the impression, and possibly the personal truth, that the body is not fixed, concrete, or monotone, but a changing, ephemeral, experiential entity that is continually being abstracted in art and dance and life.
-Lauren & Jenny
Still Life No. 1
Our first work in the Still Life series is based on Raphaelle Peale's "Blackberries" (1813). It premiered at the RAWdance Concept Series:16 in December 2014 with original music by composer Mike Wall.
Still Life No. 2
The sequel in our series was created with support from ODC's Pilot Program in April of 2015. It is based on William Harnett's painting "After the Hunt" (1885) and also features an original score by Mike Wall.
Still Life No. 3
Our third Still Life premiered in Oct. 2015 and was created with generous support from FACT/SF's JuMP Program 2015, co-produced by ODC Theater. This piece was inspired by "Still Life with Grape Juice and Sandwiches (Xenia)" (1994) by David Ligare. and performed by FACT/SF.
Still Life No. 4
Inspired by William Marsdon Brookes' "Still Life: Salmon Trout and Smelt" (1873), this is the fourth piece in our series but the first ever evening length Still Life Dance by S/SC. Still Life No. 4 once again includes an original sound score by composer Mike Wall, as well as an original set design, and is performed by Arletta Anderson, Virginia Broyles, Liane Burns, and Jenny Stulberg.