Thirty years after the solo was created Steve Paxton will re-stage "Bound" for Tanz im August with Jurij Konjar, a Slovenian dancer almost forty years his junior. "Bound" combines improvised dance sequences with theatrical actions. In an environment of projections and sound Paxton shows the dancing body to be culturally stamped, and articulates his own subtle, humorous cultural critique. An all-embracing desire for equality is reflected in an egalitarian relationship between the body and the objects on the stage. To talk of a utopian vision of society would be overstating the case, but the aspect of democratization was always present in works of postmodern dance, which strove to open up dance by removing academic, elitist constraints. Konjar's performance confronts the same issues which are imbedded in "Bound" itself: finding a perspective to understand the present time, much as every generation begins to wake and wonder where it is, who preceded it, and where it might go?
Music Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir
The Canadian Brass
Bound production thanks Robrecht Ghesquiere and Bla Celarec for technical help, and The Kitchen (NYC) for making and archiving the video which made this revival possible. Bound was first performed at Spazio Zero in Rome, also in NYC, Brussels, and London. Bound is a work about time; but of course, time happens some where, to some one. Once there was a man...
Duration: 55 minutes
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