Choreographers offer glimpses behind performances
In a post-performance discussion, choreographer Carl Flink said that his dance, “An Unkindness of Ravens,” was influenced by the fact that a group of ravens is called an “unkindness of ravens.” He also credits some aspects of academia. (He recently finished a stint as a department chair at the University of Minnesota.) In the discussion, he noted that academia has its share of human pettiness and small, unkind acts – “like death by a thousand paper cuts.”
Also, during the discussion, McDonagh said that she hadn’t set a single step in the students’ performance of “Four Fingers and One Thumb.”
On the program, she lists herself as director and credits Aaron Salas, Lateisha Melvin, Chien-shun Liao, Sakina Flint, Rocky Karmen-Rubio, and the company with the choreography. She did say that she rearranged some things.
Yet, overall, her hand can definitely be seen in the love of circus and her keen sense of comedy; she uses both as a performer and artistic director of the Irish company, ponydance, which performed at ADF last season. In the program listing of dancers, Pedro Lander credits her support in his exploration of “his outer clown.” In the dance, the stocky, bearded man becomes a break-out “star” of sorts, drawing laughter, especially when he hams it up by returning alone, at two different times, for more moments in the limelight, after the rest of the group exits. The last time he does this, he’s wearing a pink dress.