STRIPED THREE: A KING, A QUEEN, AND A JESTER (2015)
Concept/Direction: Stefanie Nelson
Dancers: Erik Abbott-Main, Daniel Holt, Nicole Von Arx
Presented by Exorto Danza with additional funding from the Comune di Agropoli, Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Alburni e Vallo di Diano, BCC Comuni Cilentani, and Dance Italia.
This work centers around three emblematic power figures of the collective imagination – A King, a Queen, and a Jester – that inhabit every narrative from ancient fairytales to the Hollywood blockbusters. As the Queen hesitates between Jester’s playful sensuality, and the cold composure of the King, the power struggle unfolds, revealing them to be substitutes for any human condition. Whoever the players might be – famous artists or influential politicians, rich or poor, the powerful and miserable – the game remains the same. For everyone, featured stars and lowly extras alike, taking sides becomes an act of survival.
This work is a companion piece to Oddball Zebra.