Opus Number: 64
Music: Donald York (commissioned score)
Set and Costumes: Alex Katz
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
Date First Performed: August 26, 1976
Notes: Audience perception is explored in a two-part work in which the dancers move within and around a large metallic cube designed by Alex Katz, to music by Donald York. The choreography of the first section is repeated step for step in the second section but performed by different dancers to different music and lighting. As the score changes from pastoral to menacing and the lighting darkens, the second set of dancers perform the steps with different emphasis and attack than the first, and as a result the viewer’s perception of the exact same choreography is altered.
“A barrel of laughs — a delicious lampoon of dance styles of various periods, climes and persuasions. Entertains through superb craftsmanship and genuine wit.” – Walter Terry, New York Herald Tribune