The stilts utilize familiar every-day objects to enable the dancers to create a basic illusion of table and chair shapes. Through the quality of their movements, the dancers are transformed through a wide range of imagery: animated furniture, magical toys, 8-legged insect, 4-legged gazelle, and 2-legged birds. The effect is an eerie otherworldliness, as two dramatically different bodies navigate a movement and sound landscape that is both enabled and constrained by their use of wooden stilts.
During the development of this piece, Sonsherée noted the experience of being disconnected to the ground (via the 28″ distance of the stilts). This affirmed Lisa’s experience as a 15-year prosthetic user; someone who performs tasks using tools that prevent ‘feeling what she’s doing.’
Choreographers: Lisa Bufano and Sonsherée Giles
Dancers: Lisa Bufano and Sonsherée Giles
Sound score created by: Jerry Smith
Costume Design: Sonsherée Giles