knees up is a duet that explores modes of masculine gender presentation in performance. The piece draws heavily from the vaudeville male revue, slapstick comedy, and all-male folk dance.
We question what it means to move in a “masculine” way- if masculinity in movement is a matter of physicality or of presentation. As female-ish dancers,can we communicate “masculinity” with movement alone, or does it become “feminine” once it is on our bodies? We explore pushing ourselves to exhaustion, pushing each other over, taking up as much space as possible, taking our shirts off, and falling on our faces. We ask if we have to become a caricature of masculinity for it to be recognized.
little city is an exercise in camaraderie and is inspired by the common descriptor of a successful sports team as a “well-oiled machine.” which, without the complete involvement of each part, the machine ceases to function. The performers will problem-solve in real time using a predetermined docket of choreographed drills within a score that is, at times, intentionally impossible. We examine how this environment creates moments of symbiosis between the performers as their breath and movements synchronize, and creates moments of alienation with the audience as the performers start to seem more like falling objects on a stage than humans.
“The audience is going to need to lean back.” - The Craft at Threes Brewing