Choreography: Bryan Arias
Dancers: Olivia Ancona, Jeffery Duffy, Navarra Novy, Bryan Arias
Costume Design: Carlijn Petermeijer
Light Design: Nick Hung
Video Design: Tabea Rothfuchs
Original Music: Dmitri Belski, Jeffery Duffy
Taking it’s inspiration from an American comic book considered by critics and reviewers to be one of the most significant works of 20th-century literature, WATCHMEN by Alan Moore andartist Dave Gibbons, examines what superheroes would be like in a credible, real world. WATCH focuses on the personal development and moral struggles of modern heroes. The work interrogates “power” while reflecting on contemporary anxieties. It will deconstruct the hero concept and the hero manifest within society. Put in a contemporary sociological context, questioning our trust in those of political power and raising concerns about those who trust in heroes and leaders to guard the world's fate.
This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation.
WATCH was developed at Jacob's Pillow's Pillow Lab with the support of the Jacob's Pillow Fellowship at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post.
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The work was commissioned by and premiered at the Jacob Pillow Dance Festival in 2016.
a rather lovely thing was created in part during a residency at the Pillow Lab at Jacob’s Pillow Dance.
“Arias’s approach is similar to the magic mixture in Wes Anderson’s films: The silliness is graced by sincerity, and the poignancy glows with humanity” (Boston Globe)