Prison of Form
Internationally on-the-move artists, Juan M. Aldape and Molly Heller, began their choreographic venture together in the summer of 2009. After winning first place in the Audiences Award Artists show in Salt Lake City, they formed JuMo Dance and continued to create work, both as a collaborative team and as individual presenters. Their most recent joint project, The Grey Area, was nominated for “Best Choreography 2010” by the Salt Lake City Weekly. Their collaborations have been presented at Sugar Space Studio for the Arts, the Cunningham Studios, 2010 DUMBO Dance Festival and numerous venues throughout Utah.
Prison of Form:
As human beings we often experience the world as separate from the rest. We produce surrounding psycho-social barriers that prevent inter-personal intimacy. This self imposed imprisonment creates walls that protect one’s personal sense of territory and perceived reality. This can often result in a lived, distorted awareness accented by habitual spasmodic contractions and a bodily rigidity. Prison of Form places two individuals in an unknown territory where patterns of their own felt and known existence are challenged, and the consciousness of self is redeﬁned. Hidden between the unfolding tension, as both bodies tussle and chase after an elusive individual universe, an unavoidable tactility becomes detectable. The polarized, bordered, and seemingly unreasonable nature of their duality existence intensifies, wrought with thick tension. In both individuals and the space in which they occupy, a strangeness is palpable, an illusion of strangeness that is self-created, and is maintained in all of us.
Sugar Space Studio for the Arts, SLC; 2010
White Wave, DUMBO Dance Festival, Brooklyn, NY; 2010
Naganuma Dance, Merce Cunningham Studios, NYC; 2011
Juan M. Aldape, Molly Heller
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Photos by Casey Hyer