Take a peek into the guck-filled, poetic world of “FALLING & LOVING”
Part of the fun in “FALLING & LOVING” is how the shock of what comes next arrives for both the audience and performer at the same time.
Created by choreographer Elizabeth Streb and director Anne Bogart, the avant-garde performance brings together Streb Extreme Action dancers and SITI Company actors to create a collision of sound and daring acrobatics. Throughout the work, the ensemble performs under a humongous “Guck Machine,” built from 52 five-gallon buckets suspended above the stage and attached to dangling strings.
In the midst of flying bowling balls, soaring stunts and daring acting, the cast pulls on these strings, releasing a surprising cascade of flour, water, molasses, confetti, popcorn and, well, other forms “guck.” The substances, complete with their unique falling patterns, add unexpected elements to the choreographed work.
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Countering the high-octane action of the movements are the words of playwright Charles Mee, whose texts provide another layer of investigation within the dynamic world crafted by Streb and Bogart.
The 12-person group (six dancers from Streb and six actors from SITI) making up “FALLING & LOVING” performed the piece last September at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University, where it was filmed by ALL ARTS.
The Oct. 11 streaming debut of “FALLING & LOVING” landed at a bittersweet moment, arriving just days after SITI (ran by Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki) announced the theater company will stop touring and performing at the conclusion of its 30th season.
“FALLING & LOVING” is the first episode in the PEAK HD series, which continues on ALL ARTS Nov. 8 with a performance by Martha Graham Dance Company.
Top Image: "FALLING & LOVING." Photo: Marina Levitskaya.