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…one of the year’s most intellectually satisfying performances.
-- Arts Atlanta
…built around a fascinating dramatic arc and structure, and a score that brilliantly weaves in and out of pummeling rhythms to abstract electronics, from pop- song fragments to simply the sound of the breath....[I]tʼs as simple as it is disarming...
Once in a while there is a performance that changes what it means to see a dancer perform… Colony is a piece that's at the forefront of changing the way we define dance and choreography. It plays with uniformity and duration. It stretches and collapses expectations. It reconfigures relationships between people watching and people moving. Like the greatest performances it creates a situation that alters the way we encounter the world outside of the theater.
-- Kate Mattingly, writer and dance critic
Colony comes from another planet. It's like staring into the spinning blade of a chain saw
until you scare yourself wondering what it would be like to touch it.
-- Scott Sheppard, Artistic Director | Lightning Rod Special Productions / Co-Creator, Underground Railroad Game
choreography and direction
Kelly Bond & Melissa Krodman
Kelly Bond & Melissa Krodman
lighting design & technical direction
original composition & sound design
Colony considers the human and the herd. Through a concentrated and athletic commitment to uniformity, the work is a choreographic investigation of repetition, duration and physical synchronization through which differing states of awareness and being emerge. Implicating the audience as critical to the creation of the theatrical event, this intense meditation disorients our experience of seeing and being seen in a shared space. Distance, proximity, power and vulnerability are at play while your role as a watcher is balanced by the tension of being watched. It is a bass-driven exercise in calculation, compulsion, and connection.
Running time: 50 minutes
Theater Emory and The Lucky Penny; Atlanta, GA; June 2014
Thirdbird; Philadelphia, PA; January 2014
New Orleans Fringe Festival (self-produced); NO, LA; November 2013
Abundance International Dance Festival; Karlstad, Sweden; September 2013
thefidget space; Philadelphia, PA; March 2013
fallFringe; Washington DC; November 2012
Philly Fringe Festival (self-produced); Philadelphia, PA; September 2012
Capital Fringe Festival (premier; self-produced); Washington DC; July 2012
Theatre Emory and The Lucky Penny; Atlanta, GA; June 2014
University of North Carolina Greensboro; Greensboro, NC; March 2014 (lecture)
Kulturama School of Performing Arts; Stockholm, Sweden; September 2013
CORD: Tactical Bodies @ UCLA; Los Angeles, CA; April 2013 (lecture)
Works in Progress:
I.V. Two for One @ The Dance Exchange; Washington DC; May 2012
Movement Research; Brooklyn, NY; January 2012
Studio 34; Philadelphia, PA; May 2011