ODDBALL ZEBRA (2013)
Concept/Direction: Stefanie Nelson
Dancers: Nicole von Arx, Katherine Federowicz, Gierre Godley, Sarah Parker, Hunt Parr, Yin Yue
Original Music: Jonah Kreitner, Juan Pablo Mantilla, Sahand Rahbar
Additional music: Naught, Dave Nelson, Justin Randolph Thompson
Animations: Jeremy Weichsel
Lighting Design: Andrew Dickerson
The work has received financial support from the Duke Energy Foundation and the Dance Gallery, with additional support through space grants provided by Fuoricentro Sala e Teatro, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation administered through Triskelion Arts, and the New 42nd Street studios.
Inspired by Michel Pastoreau’s book The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes, Oddball Zebra examines the myriad of connotations associated with stripes. The work centers around an archetypal clown, evoking a Middle Ages tradition of zebra-like patterns used to identify outcasts, lunatics, lepers, prostitutes, and entertainers. Juxtaposing the outside and the inside, the background and the foreground, the stripes conjure darkness, danger, and moral ambiguity: a perfect metaphor for continuous change that celebrates failing, falling, and letting go, with pleasure.
slideshow photos: Stephen de las Heras