2007: Drop Down, The Psychology of the Individual
When Drop Down premiered in 2007 in San Francisco, Allan Ulrich of the SF Chronicle said:
“...Kate Weare’s Drop Down seemed to encapsulate a world of experience in a quarter of an hour. Clark is tall, cool and unpredictable. Kraus wears her charisma like her flame-red hair; their performances bask in a hair-trigger exhibition of technique, and Weare avoids cliché every step of the way. An element of danger suffuses Drop Down; you’re never sure how a participant will respond to his or her mate... it was hard to blink while they commanded the stage.”
Dancers Adrian Clark and Leslie Kraus. Photo by Stephen Screiber.
As Ulrich senses, I tuned strongly into the specific dancers I ask into the studio with me; and the originators of Drop Down were Adrian Clark and Leslie Kraus, each a powerful personae.
Drop Down saw a deepening of my instinct to use the psychology of the individual as a source in my work. To this day I tune into the special qualities that characterize a dancer physically and psychologically (they are utterly linked in my mind) and I riff from that wellspring as I build a dance from its earliest development to every single restaging.
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