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How Can You Stay In The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere?

Oct 13—Oct 16, 2010
RUN TIME: 1hr 30min, no intermission
October 2010
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Wednesday October 13, 2010
Performances no longer available.

NY Premiere

Conceived, choreographed, and directed by Ralph Lemon

“One of the most adventurous artists working today”
—Time Out New York

Choreographer Ralph Lemon (Come home Charley Patton, 2004 Next Wave) returns to BAM with How Can You Stay In The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere?, a multimedia dance work that explores loss and transcendence. Incorporating the fruits of Lemon's collaboration with Walter Carter, a 102-year-old ex-sharecropper from the Mississippi Delta, this piece ruminates on the memories and futuristic dreams of a life fully lived. Referencing the film Solaris by Andrei Tarkovsky-an artist similarly preoccupied with nostalgia and presentiment-Lemon's work brings footage of Carter's world into dialogue with a cast of dancers and actors whose turbulent movements push the boundaries of exhaustion to create a visceral treatise on what it means to be human.

Lighting design by Roderick Murray
Video design by Jim Findlay
Sound design consultation by Lucas Indelicato

Co-produced by Cross Performance Inc. and MAPP International Productions. It has been co-commissioned by BAM for the 2010 Next Wave Festival, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, On The Boards, and Walker Art Center.