Shiny Angles in Angular Time — a full-length solo danced by Renée Archibald, made in collaboration with choreographer Melinda Ring—is a dialogue with seen and unseen forces.

Meant to be viewed from one end of a rectangular space, the work has two reciprocal parts. In each part, in different ways, the performer is in dialogue with the room (the main seen force).

Part one is a fanciful minimalistic reexamination of some of the basic rules of theatrical perspective in which Archibald and Ring ask “how can I act on the space and can the space in turn act upon me?”

If part one is a kind of laboratory, part two is its findings put into action. It is a complex choreography—understatedly virtuosic—that acts to describe shifting parameters, again, in relationship to the volume of the room. Danced without musical accompaniment, the work still attends exquisitely to musicality, as it also attempts to describe the elusive “angular time”.

Premiere, April 2018, Chocolate Factory Theater, Queens, NY
October 2018, Performance Works NW, Portland, OR

Choreography: Melinda Ring and Renée Archibald
Performer: Renée Archibald
Lighting design: Paul Clay
Video: Melinda Ring and Renée Archibald
Production Management: Lillie De
Costumes: Melinda Ring

Melinda Ring and Renée Archibald researched, developed and finessed Shiny Angles in Angular Time with financial, residency, and sabbatical support from Whitman College. This project was made possible, in part, through The Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Program, funded, in part, by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Davis/Dauray Family Fund. It was supported in part by the Center for Performance Research’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Artist in Residence program. This project would not have been possible without the generous support of individual donors, including the friends of Special Projects.

Shiny Angles in Angular Time was commissioned by the Chocolate Factory Theater. sm.jpg
photographs: ©Paula Court

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