“One” is an evening-length work of sound and movement. Together, dancers and musicians become resonant bodies, instruments of space, blurring the boundaries of medium. The performers engage in a shared practice, conversing with space and time through repetition and natural evolution. This premiere comes out of two years of organic, physical research and exploration.
"As musicians and dancers, we have gathered to develop a practice,” Udall said. “Our objective was to find the intersection between movement and sound, where resonance and vibrations exist and inform the art."
ECHOensemble consists of trombonist Kalun Leung, violist Sean Brekke, clarinetist/saxophonist Noah Becker, guitarist Jonah Udall, and dancers Allison Sexton, Mary McGrath, Erin Landers, Liana Kleinman and Dani Cole.
ECHOensemble creates evolving architecture of movement and sound. Directed by Udall, their work is rooted in an awareness-based practice called SHIFT, influenced by Steve Reich's "process music" and Mary Overlie's Viewpoints method.
Nine dancers and musicians discover shared worlds, where their singular voices both ring out and blend together as one.
"The Viewpoints method has given us all the freedom to explore, allowing the spatial construction of an architectural fabric of spontaneous composition," Udall added.
The production will take place at Dixon Place on 161A Chrystie Street. Performances include Sunday, January 27 at 7pm and Monday, January 28 at 9pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door ($12 in advance and $15 at the door for students, seniors, idNYC). Tickets are available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1003066.