On Beauty, 2018
Inspired by the David Brower Center’s exhibition, “Douglas R. Tompkins: On Beauty”, that celebrated the life and work of the late conservationist Doug Tompkins, Nancy Karp created a site-specific performance work for the company. The work was developed entirely at the Brower Center over a 4-month rehearsal period, interacting directly with the exhibition, gallery visitors and architectural elements of the building. By seamlessly weaving rehearsal, creative process, and public engagement, On Beauty challenged Karp, the dancers, and gallery visitors to consider the fluidity of boundaries between creating artists and an experiencing public.
A lush acoustical environment composed by Charles Amirkhanian from samples of bird calls and weather events emanated from multiple loudspeakers as the musical accompaniment to On Beauty.
Sonsherée Giles, Sebastian Grubb, Amy Lewis,
Megan Lowe, and Charles Slender-White