Somewhere between everyday experience and a fever dream, to the left of the Mojave Desert, under burnt-out telephone lines, empty swimming pools and unfinished suburban developments is a place called Pandæmonium.
This cinematic dance-theater concert explores the fear and enticement embedded in the American desert landscape, taking on questions of separation and connection in today’s world. Choreographer Nichole Canuso and physical theater performer Geoff Sobelle perform on opposite sides of the stage; yet they come together cinematically on an abandoned movie screen built into the theater. A sweeping musical score played live and an interactive video design conjure an American landscape that endlessly dissolves into the sunset.
About Nichole Canuso Dance Company
Nichole Canuso Dance Company (NCDC) creates performance experiences that embrace the complexity and absurdity of humanity. Projects sit at the crossroads of movement, visual art, and theater, bringing dance out of conventional spaces to engage audiences in adventurous ways. Past Fringe shows include The Garden(2013) an immersive experience for six audience members at a time led via headset, As the Eyes of the Seahorse (2011)a collaboration with six piece band The Mural and The Mint, TAKES(2010) a cinematic sculpture viewable from multiple perspectives, and Wandering Alice (2008) a roaming performance that occupied the halls and stairways of Christ Church Neighborhood House.
In addition to being artistic director of NCDC, Canuso has been an active member of the Philadelphia performance community since 1997. She was a company member of Headlong Dance Theater for twelve years, has performed with Pig Iron Theater Company, and co-founded Moxie Dance Collective. Canuso also has a background in physical theater and clowning, and worked with physical theater master Bill Irwin as a creator/performer in The Happiness Lecture. She is currently on faculty at the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training (APT), and Headlong Performance Institute (HPI), and has been commissioned by Bryn Mawr College, American Philosophical Society Museum, Axis Dance Company, Temple University, among others.
The development of Pandæmonium is made possible in part by funding from the William Penn Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, commissioning partners The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at University of Maryland and FringeArts, and in kind donation by Color Reflections and SenovvA, Inc.
Philadelphia Fringe Arts - September, 2016
New York Live Arts - October, 2016
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Co-Creators/Performers: Nichole Canuso, Geoff Sobelle
Director: Lars Jan
Choreography: Nichole Canuso
Video/Interactive Software: Pablo N. Molina
Music created/performed: Xander Duell
Set: Philipp Shaerer
Costumes: Olivera Gajic
Lights: Mike Inwood
Sound: Nick Kourtides
Nichole Canuso, Artistic Director:
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