This Beach Used To Be a Dance Hall is an experimental dance/theater piece regarding the sea. Using a process derived from water-based patterns in nature – waves breaking on sand, waves breaking on rocks, rising waters, flocking seagulls, rising tides, drifting sand – combined with an alien text telling a story of three drowned women in a made-up language (we’re calling it Whalish), the performance sets a contemplation of the pleasures of watching the water against the violence of our past, present, and future with regards to the likelihood that we’ll be under that water soon enough.
THIS BEACH USED TO BE A DANCE HALL
Choreographed by Katie Rose McLaughlin
Text by Dan O’Neil
Sound design by Gavin Price
Featuring Brighid Greene, Mary Kate Sickel, Emily Pacilio
Developed at The Barn Arts Collective in a 2015 & 2016 artist’s residency
Showing at Center for Performance Research’s Performance Studio Open House, 2016