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Significant Others: Dances for Friends, Family & Lovers (BOSTON)

  • Boston Center for the Arts 539 Tremont Street Boston, MA, 02116 United States (map)

Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion (PDM) brings intimate dance performance to the stage in “Significant Others: Dances for Family, Friends and Lovers.” The programs, taking place at The Calderwood Pavilion at BCA South End Campus/Martin Hall, share dance and performance works that look back on dances made from lives lived, and forward toward the dances and lives ahead of us. Artistic Director/PDM Peter DiMuro, last year’s inaugural choreographer in residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, has woven visual and spoken narratives from works created over the last several decades. Personal histories that once were encapsulated in time now speak aloud in 2019, echoing thoughts and imagery: from 1969’s Stonewall riots, through love and loss during the height of the AIDS crisis and to the arc of relationships informed by “then” and “now” - our current era’s lens of queerness.

Excerpts from Peter’s autobiographical “Light Reading”, which uses the kitchen setting where letters to and from family are written as backdrop, will be shared. Each work reveals as much through the written word as what’s written invisibly between the lines –including the poignant and unexpected humor found in our daily lives.

PDM’s company artists are collaborators in the creation and re-creation of new and older works. Premiering in these performances are a series of solos for the company, “Ancient Histories”, a look at both physical and psychological patterns informed by known and unknown ancestors.

Guest Artists and collaborators appear each evening in different programs over the four performances. Each program is approximately 70 minutes and performed without intermission.

Alexander Davis, known as one half of the Davis Sisters (with Joy Davis), and J Michael Winward, a memoirist in words and movement, join as collaborators with Peter in two distinct works during the run. “Night and Gay” (Davis/DiMuro) and “Gaylight Saving(s)” (Winward/DiMuro) are new works-in-development that look at an arc of time from Stonewall to this present moment, and the performers’ individual relationship to iconic landmarks in gaylife past and queer life present day. Michael will also perform his solo work “Hail Mary, Cha Cha Cha”.

PDM welcomes long time colleagues The Bang Group on May 30 and 31. The Bang Group will dance two of choreographer David Parker's signature works and a revival of a little-known work by James Waring, one of the precursers of Judson Dance Theater in the nineteen-sixties and, like Parker, a quintessential "downtown" New York choreographer. "Enough" is a turbulent, romantic quartet set to Rachmaninoff's unmistakable 2nd Piano Concerto. revealing four rapacious dancers in and out of amorous entanglements veering from classical refinement to dionysian abandon. A revival of "Tender Traps" finds two contemporary souls grappling with each other while being jostled by the overwhelming sentiment of love songs from fifties musicals. Finally, James Waring's "Octandre" is an enigmatic solo created by James Waring for Aileen Passloff in 1958 with music by Edgard Varese. Passloff herself taught and directed Nic Petry in this revival.

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This program is suitable for all ages; children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Presented in Association with community partners The Dance Complex & Dancing Queerly.