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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.

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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.


Photos by Tori Duhaime

Photos by Tori Duhaime



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)

what, chapters:

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

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where, when, video:

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Berkeley, CA (December 2017): 

Eccles Regent Street Theater, Salt Lake City (May 2017): 

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In addition, excerpts of very vary were performed at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Eccles Auditorium (May 2017).