The primary tension in Giselle is the question of acceptance: will Albrecht accept Giselle? will she accept him?
Human Landscape Dance presents "Coppelia" and "Shades" (world premiere) on Saturday April 2, 2016, from 1:30pm-2:30, at the Stephen D Hyers Studio Theater, 200 N Davie St, Greensboro NC. This contemporary dance performance is free and appropriate for all ages. Artistic Director Malcolm Shute will lead the contact improvisation jam that morning from 11:30am-1pm. We invite all to come dance with us, then stay to watch our new work. for more information: inquiries at hldance.org, 202-577-9997.
"Shades" is a revision of the "Kingdom of the Shades" section of the classical ballet La Bayadere. It is a meditation on grief, and questions our culture's tendency to view heaven as a land of endless repetition. The original "Kingdom of the Shades" is more a wish for contentment with the status quo, than an embracing of inevitable change.
Our revised version of the classical ballet Coppelia raises issues of gender and identity by confronting conventional assumptions about mistaken identities and the association of women with robots. Coppelia is a slave; her creator, Doctor Coppelius, is haunted by a fear that she will one day rebel.