The Boston Conservatory at Berklee will present Ex-Movere, the world premiere of five new choreographic works on January 24th though January 26th at The Boston Conservatory Theater: 31 Hemenway Street, Boston MA. This free concert features the work of choreographers TJ Canlon, Lindsey Faber, Jocelyn Gonzalez, Kevin Lau, and Asia Pyron. These five senior dance students each offer a unique perspective of the human experience, exploring a range of emotional life through movement with their talented casts, the dancers of The Boston Conservatory’s pre-professional B.F.A program. The collision of these choreographers creates an exciting program that aims to reach a wide audience through a series of relatable circumstances.
Asia Pyron’s 'Qu'est-ce que c’est' is an exploration of the edges of the mind. The work takes place in an asylum where three girls reside, ridiculed for their behaviors. Despite the constant feeling of being trapped and observed, they accept their madness. There is a comedic pride in their psychotic beauty. The dancers featured are not afraid to show an ugly side.
Lindsey Faber’s ‘My House Blew into the Ocean’ is an expressive display of the music and thematic material from the the 2017 film by Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread. It explores the toxic relationships between specific characters and the tension those relationships create with people and space. Why do people still deeply love each other when they are aware of how unstable the relationship is?
Jocelyn Gonzales’ "It seems all so childish that I always count to ten" goes through the stages of love, loss, and grief. Four powerful women tear up the floor and share their own personal story, physicalizing the theme of heartbreak. Gonzales feels that having a moment of emotional instability should be normalized in place of judgement. The piece explores recognization of emotion, and the path to validity.
Kevin Lau’s ‘A Tendency To’ aims to clearly depict human practices of selfishness and greed, and how they can unwittingly harm others for personal gain. So often, competitive artists and professionals form relationships with their colleagues that appear ‘genuine’ or ‘sustainable,’ only to later undermine them when excelling forward. Many of the mutual bonds that are made from past relationships have the primary purpose of personally advancing oneself, rather than taking others’ interests into consideration. This mentality creates a constant struggle for power, implementing a hierarchical structure.
TJ Canlon’s Storytime is dedicated to Daniel Johnston, a powerful songwriter who lived with schizophrenia. This work researches how remarkably humans sync up their perceptions of reality with those around them. In today’s political climate, black and white thinking has stubbornly weakened American society. Storytime explores what happens when tribes solely confirm their worldview rather than expand it, to an extreme, dystopian degree. Sound design by Ian Gluck takes this piece on a distorted journey through familiar tunes.