The Concept of Dust
Dancers: Pat Catterson, Emily Coates, Patricia Hoffbauer, Emmanuèle Phuon, Yvonne Rainer, Keith Sabado, David Thomson.
Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona.
The Concept of Dust: Continuous Project – Altered Annually is an ongoing work-in-progress that interweaves formal dance with diverse texts dealing with ageing, mortality, personal histories and material quoted from a variety of sources, e.g., ancient Middle Eastern dynasties (Metropolitan Museum), paleontological findings (New York Times) and literature. These are intermittently read aloud by Rainer and the dancers. The power of language as a trajectory that runs parallel to the music (Gavin Bryars, Giovanni Paisiello) continues to be an important coordinate in Rainer’s work. All three elements – movement, music and texts – occasionally merge to produce a somewhat melancholic ambiance. The performers in Dust have been given the freedom to initiate and/or abort the movement phrases as they wish, making spontaneous decisions and exercising options throughout the 50-minute duration of the piece. The result is a structure that is seemingly random with unpredictable moments of unison, humour and startling convergences.
Text: Mercat de les Flors