Something is always ajar, someone is not quite right. Sometimes all is right.
Oldest child, responsibly full. Make-break-take. Order out of the chaos.
It’s all going to be.
Welcome, remember, imagine.
Parade your animal, let it loose. Decorate the wild.
This piece chapters the remembered, imagined and future lives of these six performers. Throughout the work, Heller reveals the performers' biographies with both care and subtlety, while challenging the audience and space with rapid delivery. With a love for decoration and complications within choreographic structure, Heller enlivens the space by framing created scenes. These framed moments allow the performers and audience to enter into a scenario where story-telling emerges. These scenarios, much like chapters of a pop-up book, evoke a dimensional narrative that is at times both literal and nonsensical. very vary includes collaborations with composer Mike Wall and visual artist and puppeteer Gretchen Reynolds.
Direction: Molly Heller (the rabbit)
Choreography: Molly Heller with the performers
Florian Alberge (the fox)
Nicholas Blaylock (the monkey)
Yebel Gallegos (the seahorse), performer with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
Mary Lyn Graves (the lion), performer with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
Marissa Mooney (the doe)
Melissa Younker (the bee), performer with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
Music Composition and Performance: Michael Wall
Additional music by: The Pixies, Elton John, and Moby
Visual Artist: Gretchen Reynolds
Program Design: Kate Thomas
Costumes: Molly Heller, Marissa Mooney, and Carly Schaub
Lighting: Vellachi Ganesan (Eccles Regent Street Theater), Jessi Barber (Shawl Anderson Dance Center)
Chapter I: Things we do well
Chapter II: Medusa
Chapter III: Something is not quite right
Chapter IV: Tangled in a lion’s paw
Chapter V: Charlie and Buster
Chapter VI: Third eye strobing
Chapter VII: Stumamobility
Chapter VIII: Soli (tear)
Chapter IX: Fear
Chapter X: Bee’s knees
Chapter: XI: Top cool
Chapter XII: You’re gonna grow up to be
Chapter XIII: We are
Chapter XIV: Band of animals
Running time of evening length: 1 hour, no intermission
where, when, video:
Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Berkeley, CA (December 2017):
Eccles Regent Street Theater, Salt Lake City (May 2017):
In addition, excerpts of very vary were performed at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Eccles Auditorium (May 2017).