Beautiful Decay
WORLD PREMIERE 2013 
Nicolo Fonte
Antonio Vivaldi Max Richter Olafur Arnalds
76 minutes
The Wilma Theater

When beginning the process of imagining this work, I kept thinking back to the feelings I experienced when looking at Mark Golebiowski’s series of 3D photographs of very much dead but still very vibrant flowers. These flowers were so full of movement, and retained such a potent identity and sense of ‘self,’ that the beauty evident in the decay was to me both noble and touching. It seemed to me that the photos created an entirely new perspective on something we don’t always take the time to notice – and that intrigued me.

The idea to involve two senior dancers in the project allowed me to take on the abstract and universal idea that all of our lives, however much we live only in the present, are, in some ways, a process of decay. Our identities are forged in the fires of our experiences and the energy we burn is converted into an indefinable essence that, despite its untethered quality, is apparent to all who choose to notice.
Nicole Fonte

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"...Beautiful Decay is not only an evening of explosive, athletic dance that leaves the audience speechless after just the first act, but also a witty and sophisticated meditation on the passing of time."
THE DANCE JOURNAL

“…the sheer professionalism of all 12 performers, and the emotional impact of the evening, are undeniable.”
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
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