MICHIYAYA Dance recently premiered Spline, their second evening-length work on March 25th and 26th, 2017 at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center. 

Spline unfolds the exploration of one's physical and psychological boundaries. MICHIYAYA Dance discovers the systems in which we create and are created for us to conform to certain parameters. Industrial, biological, and interpersonal systems are challenged through a variety of narratives. Ideas of mental disorders, individuality, and coexistence are investigated. Incorporated into Spline's concept will be the life and physical voice of Co-Artistic Director Mitsuko Verdery's grandfather, Pampa. Pampa's life experiences, and relationships serve as an inspiration for the work. The word spline is defined as a key fitting into the grooves of a wheel, integrally with the shaft to allow movement of the wheel. The definition of spline is a great impetus for the work as it explains Clarke and Verdery's interest in the source and function of a problem, the physical and psychological boundaries involved in life. 

COLLABORATORS

Musician/Composer JORDAN CHIOLIS
Sculptures SAAR SHEMESH
Lighting Design BARBARA SAMUELS

SPLINE WAS MADE POSSIBLE THANKS TO:

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Triskelion Arts Space Subsidy Program made possible with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Heath Gallery. 

WITH SUPPORT FROM:

Andy Summers, Angela Tripi-Weiss, Ann Feldman, Ben Verdery, Brian Kerwin, Coral Dolphin, Daniel and Linda Wood, Deborah Baron, Donald Verdery, Elizabeth Vancleve, Elsa Rosenburg, Isabel and Samuel Figueroa, Itai Gruss, Kaila Paulino, Kianna Moye, Kisha Marte, Laurelle Favreau, Margaret Verdery, Michelle Mantia, Mollie Eliasof, Rie Schmidt, Sidra Bell and Wendy Stern.

Photos by Umi Akiyoshi