Keely Garfield Dance – Perfect Piranha

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November 29 - December 9, 2017

Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 8pm


Scaly protagonists pull themselves together through tributaries of continuous movement and sound in premeditated ways. Preverbal gesticulating flows into fully articulated motion, capturing fleeting notions and feelings. Nothing is watered down. Perfect Piranha charts a mock heroic and roundabout search for completeness.

“Piranhas’ teeth are serrated, sharp as blades, and ideal for shearing and tearing flesh. My father has passed away. I dreamt of losing my teeth which some say signifies anxiety about aging and death. The quest for straight, white, perfect teeth has made cosmetic dentistry a billion-dollar industry. A veneered smile is heralded as indication of how smart and happy a person is. The beginning and the end of a circle are one. I begin dancing, going around and around. As I spin, naturally, so does my mind. I imagine a piranha’s strong jaw and teeth closing in, and I turn towards this awareness. I start each new moment where I left off. Sometimes I begin again. Eventually I stop. Things may be felt to continue. We may choose to meet life on these terms.”

Choreography: Keely Garfield. Performers: Keely Garfield, Paul Hamilton, Molly Lieber, Raja Feather Kelly.