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Friday, November 8, 2013

In Context: Dark Lark

Photo by Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang
Dark Lark runs at the BAM Fisher through November 9. Context is everything, so get even closer to Kate Weare's titillating production with this curated selection of articles, videos, and original blog pieces related to the show. For those of you who've already seen it, help us keep the conversation going by telling us what you thought below.

From BAM

“Behind the Scenes: Kate Weare Company" (BAM)
“[Our BAM Fisher residency] has given us the space and freedom to take risks we normally wouldn’t be able to take,” says Weare.

“By the Books: Kate Weare’s Dark Lark (BAM blog)
Domination fantasies. Languages of sex. Read up on what Weare’s dancers have been reading.

Around the Web

Kate Weare Company
Learn more about Weare and company at her website.

New York Dance Up Close: Dark Lark (
Weare discusses sexual fantasy, whips and chains, and other aspects of Dark Lark.

Excerpt from Kate Weare’s Garden (YouTube)
Weare dances in this measured quartet, featuring hypnotic unison movement.

Interview with Kurt Perschke (Vimeo)
The sculptor and Dark Lark set designer talks about his whimsical red ball project.

“Frozen Lullaby for Marie Vic” by Chris Lancaster (Bandcamp)
Cello and electronics create shimmering textures in this track from the Dark Lark composer.

Excerpt from Bridge of Sighs (YouTube)
Bodies collide in this intense excerpt from Weare’s 2008 work.

Kate Weare Discusses Music and Choreography (YouTube)
“Sound is powerful, such a basic seducer of the mind and heart,” says Weare. “You can’t refuse it.”

Worthwhile Words

Kate Weare on dancing:
At the moment, I’m very interested in ideas that have a tinge of violence in them. I’m drawn to percussive movement, like precise rhythmic movements of ethnic forms like Balinese and kung fu. I like tango because of the dynamism under the surface.
That tinge of violence often emerges in kind of an erotic situation. […] I’m fascinated by what happens when women feel more empowered, how the game shifts when women are not assumed to be the weaker players. (Read more.)

Now Your Turn...

So what's your verdict? Thoughts on sexual fantasy as a metaphor for creative expression? Once you've seen the show, tell us what you thought in the comments below.

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