THE TRAVELER (terra incognita)


"I say to my breath once again, little breath come in from in front of me, go away behind me, row me quietly now, as far as you can, for I am an abyss that I am trying to cross.
W.S. Merwin, The Book of Fables
". . . such that every step we take, every act we initiate, expresses at its heart, our inevitable movement towards non-being through unknown and unpredicatable life circumstances."
Ernesto Spinelli

Set to music by Hugues Le Bars and Port Mone, The Traveler explores how unpredictable and volatile life changes can shape and fracture our psyches, change our bodies and disrupt our sense of self in relation to the world. It asks what it means to be lost, to find oneself in terra incognita, not once or twice, but throughout our lives. The traveler is alone, journeying through perilous landscapes, finding and losing balance as the terrain shifts and buckles.

While this dance will have elements of full-motion video, some of the projected images are inspired in part by Chris Marker's use of still photography in La Jete, and explore the travelogue/slideshow metaphor. The dance opens with a film created by Josa-Jones built from still photographs by Pam White. Set and projection design amplify the sense of turbulent inner and outer terrains. The Traveler is one of three dances in the new solo program Of This Body.

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All photographs in The Traveler are by Pam White.