The idea of one being many was reflected in the music as well. After meeting Bridgman/Packer, Ken Field realized what they were doing with movement, he was doing with music. Field, a saxophonist, is the lone musician off stage right. His presence is a constant throughout the show, but through the looping and layering of sound, one would have thought there was an entire band behind the wing.
Three people! That’s it. Remarkable!
The first piece Under the Skin (2005), is a really well thought out clear concept. As well as a standard screen, the dancers are also used as a platform to project image upon. They are the moving screen. Through cinematic magic, their bodies get replaced by images allowing them to do things that aren’t physically possible. Like fly off into the rafters. They start off as part of the background but as the piece progresses they become the screen. In my favorite section of the whole night, both dancers, male and female, wear white tank tops and large crinolines. These skirts give extra surface area to project upon. Through a live video feed he becomes her, she becomes him. When the skirt gets pulled over the head, one torso is projected on the other dancer, giving the illusion of two Myrnas or two Arts. Images of duets are shown upon their naked backs. The possibilities are endless and I think they explored the element to the fullest. I have to say, a pure delight to watch.
Not only was this other dimension created on stage but we were also sucked into a time warp. I was shocked when intermission arrived, thinking I had only been sitting for 10 min. When, in fact, ¾ of an hour had passed. You know what they say about time and having fun…