Bird Suite is an evening-length dance theater piece that explores bird-nature and bird-like personalities in female sexual personae. From a study of elemental avian struggle (four infant birds learning to fly) and the beauty of awkwardness, to more anthropomorphic situations in which pubescent flamingo lawn ornaments dream of Vegas, or steamy scheming swans survey a room to size up the competition, each section reveals a very different kind of bird-energy. The suite creates a dreamscape of exquisite images punctuated by alert, articulate movement.
The sections of Bird Suite to be presented are the seven-minute quartet Hatch, which will be danced by Colgate students and community members, the 13-minute duet Flamingo Flamingo, the 25-minute quintet Ain’t No Swan Lake, and a newly minted duet by Calamoneri and long-time collaborator Micaela Gardner of New Mexico, inspired by ravens and female trickster characters.
New York City-based Company SoGoNo is directed by Colgate dance professor Tanya Calamoneri. The company has received recognition from New York Innovative Theater Awards and funding from NYSCA, NYFA, American Composers Forum Live Music for Dance, Puffin Foundation, and others. Since 2003, the company has presented work in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Kyoto at venues such as Irondale, Ontological Hysteric Theater, 3LD Art & Technology, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Movement Research at NYLA, Temple University, Links Hall, Velocity Theater, and Urban Guild.
Performers: Erin Cairns Cella, Christine Coleman, Mariko Endo, Micaela Gardner, Becky Gough, Dages Juvelier Keates, Allison Spanyer, Emily Rose
Sound Design: Soraya Odishoo and Danny Tunick
Costume Design: Mioko Mochizuki and Vicki Davis