Read the complete monologue from R. Colby Damon’s ‘On the Mysterious Properties of Light’ as performed by dancer Zachary Kapeluck, including select sections of the monologue performed by dancer Caili Quan and fellow BalletX members.
How many celebrated choreographers are also playwrights and theater directors who stage powerful productions of Ibsen?
My instruments are designed to… reward play and exploration… Sensuality and irreproducible results are important elements. I want to make possible music that has never been heard before.
Uncertainty breathes life into this performance. We open on a door-to-door salesman, but the ring of a doorbell quickly unravels into a surrealist scene. The panels are the doors, and with each frustrated prompt of the salesman, these doors reveal something unexpected.
Two pairs of dancers are up next. The first pair is animalistic, their dance is almost aggressive, a little primal. The second pair is sensual, bordering the erotic. Again we are called to compare and contrast the relationships depicted for us. What do they reflect about human nature? This is one of the attributes of great art— it calls us to question and reflect on our own nature, the innermost part of our being.
The relationship between the two characters is also important— you quickly notice how the second dancer chases after the first dancer in an effort to care for her, only to be left coldly in the end. Rawness and honesty are what is left for you once the dance ends.