Structure and Sadness
Part of 2011-2012 Performing Arts Season
“A work of rare beauty, presenting piercing insights with calculated subtlety.” —Trespass Magazine (UK)
Testing gravity and flirting with disaster, Lucy Guerin and her company make their Midwest debut constructing a precarious world teetering on collapse. An Australian choreographer renowned for her distinctive and rigorous vision, Guerin translates engineering principles—compression, suspension, torsion, failure—into an arresting movement vocabulary. With an elaborate set assembled throughout the show by the dancers to form a lifesize house of cards, the piece explores humanity’s universal trust in the built environment, and the fallout when that trust is betrayed. This “quietly devastating and potent work” (New York Press) will have a particular resonance in the Twin Cities as it’s based on the 1970 collapse of a bridge in Melbourne that killed 35 workers.