Fear changes everything. That’s part of the premise to be explored tonight and Saturday night (July 8 and 11) in Opaque, a feature in the Summer Performance Festival presented by the performance art incubator SAFEhouseARTS. Kristin Damrow (last seen locally in Dance Mission Theater’s D.I.R.T.) focuses on the fears that any one of us may fall prey to, and the effect they have on us.
The piece is also a collaboration with local apparel designer Nooworks. Damrow, who guest teaches at ODC and Lines and is a faculty member of Dance Mission, worked with the clothing company to create costumes for Opaque.
“Tangling limbs,” “Tumbling bodies,” and “Fluid, relentless kinetic dramas” define Damrow’s style, according to a statement. The idea is to push the dancers to a place close to “physical and artistic danger” to draw out real emotions, in this case to illustrate physically how we respond to and are changed by fear — whether that means heightened senses or magnified strength.
The show is a double bill with Flocking, a piece by Jenni Bregman and Dancers. Bregman “tells stories about the human experience and invites audiences to examine the emotional undercurrent of everyday life that often goes unnoticed or ignored,” according to her biography.
In other words, be prepared for an evening of intense emotion and explosive movement!