Seeing Green

Mark your calendars!

After months of plotting and planning, Gnosis Dance Collective will proudly premier an original piece titled “The Green Chair”, created especially for Gnosis by esteemed choreographer and artistic director, Paco Gomes. The piece will debut during Bay Area Dance Week as part of Kathy Mata Ballet’s Dance Week Celebration 2012.

We were blessed to spend the summer of 2011 in the studio with Paco, collaborating and workshopping movement and creative concepts. The result is a Modern Afro-Brazilian nod to German choreographer Kurt Jooss’s ballet, “The Green Table”. Created in 1932, “The Green Table” dramatized social and political issues of that era , including political corruption, economic instability, crimes against humanity and the ever-present threat of war.

Eighty years later, we find these same issues to be relevant as ever. Gnosis’s “The Green Chair” echoes the urgency of Jooss’s original vision, dramatizing the archetypal energies that keep us trapped in patterns of conflict and strife. Uneasy alliances give way to destructive impulses as the dancers raise the question: is the pen truly mightier than the sword? The answer, of course, depends on who wields the pen – and to what purpose.

Sign up online today to attend this event for FREE on April 22nd and April 29th at Alonzo King’s LINES Dance Center.


2 Responses

  1. T, your writing is spectacularly eloquent! Love that photo of the chair – where did you find it? It’s perfect. Really nice site design, too.

    Looking forward to performing this piece with Gnosis in April!

    • The chair is from a past DFAD show! I just gussied it up a bit for this post. 😉 So excited to unveil this piece, and the revival of “Ain’t Misbehavin'” with you, too!

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