Will Rawls – The Planet-Eaters


November 13-16, 2013

Wednesday thru Saturday at 8pm

The Planet-Eaters presents a reconfiguration of Balkan folklore refracted through an American choreographer’s eye. In reducing group dances to a performance for just two people, Rawls frames the intimate potential of embodiment and play while setting these against broader narratives of history and fragmentation. As Rawls and Kuklis channel folkloric rhythms into various actions, they sculpt a ritualized yet fluid sense of place and time, mapping the shifting territory that binds self to other and tradition to the present. What starts as a game of counting finishes with an encounter of themselves as neither here nor there, both singular and plural, both ancient and new. Conceived, choreographed, composed and performed by Will Rawls with live musical performance and composition by Chris Kuklis. Lighting by Madeline Best. Costumes by Saša Kovacevic.

Will Rawls is a performer, independent choreographer and curator based in New York City. His work has appeared at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, The Brooklyn Museum, ISE Cultural Foundation and Mount Tremper Arts. Since 2006, Rawls has collaborated with Kennis Hawkins as the performance art duo, Dance Gang. He has performed with Shen Wei Dance Arts, Noemie LaFrance, nicholasleichterdance, Katie Workum, Neal Medlyn and David Neumann / advanced beginner group. In 2010, Rawls was an interpreter in Tino Sehgal’s “This Progress” at the The Guggenheim Museum, New York, and re-performed works by Marina Abramovic at the Museum of Modern Art. Rawls has been a guest artist at Bard College and a student mentor for Colorado College’s Department of Drama and Dance. Rawls presented a new solo, Collected Fictions, at Danspace Project in February 2012 and appeared in Alain Buffard’s Baron Samedi.

"Hoofbeats by the Sea" - Gia Kourlas, New York Times

"Will Rawls: Shuttling between "downtown" and Serbia" - Eva Yaa Asantewaa, InfiniteBody