WORKS

objects lay, people lie (2018)
Length: 20-30 minutes
Cast: 5 performers

Description: OLPL is a work dedicated to laying a framework for showing rifts in performative affect while paying attention to responsibly dealing with the physical body. The dancers aim to get outside of the structure of the dance and are asked to bring in what is not choreographed or set. The dance functions as a physical guide or score for the performer.

Premiered: Baby’s First Show at the Dance Complex, April 2018
Performed:
New Movement Collaborative presents Ghosts of the Body, May 2018; Somerville ArtBeat: Flip, July 2018; WIP showings at Green Street Studios, March 2018
Support: OLPL was made possible by two grants from the Boston Foundation, Next Steps for Boston Dancers which allowed for a week long residency at Green Street Studios & Live Arts Boston which provided support for artists during the residency.

 

perpetual loneliness (2017)
Length: 7-15 minutes
Cast: 6-8 performers

Description: perpetual loneliness is developed anew for each iteration; the cast choreographs solos in response to a list of actions, body parts, and qualities of motion. The actions are edited and smoothed in a dialogue between Michael and the performers. PL shows disparate and separate actions that seem to affect each other in space, and quietly articulates the peripheral influences human beings can have on each other. The dance is set against music from Beth Anderson’s Peachy Keen-O.

Premiered: NACHMO Boston at the Dance Complex, Feb 2017
Performed:
Somerville ArtBeat: Flip, July 2018; Baby’s First Show, April 2018

 

KnockOut (2016)
Length: 26-35 minutes
Cast: 7-10 performers

Description: KnockOut is a collectivist work that utilizes a calling structure (a huge nod to Trisha Brown’s Sololos). The work consists of 7-15 phrases that correspond with numbers, and choreographed sections that correspond with sound. Performers’ calls determine the layout and structure of the work. They also determine if they will abide by the structure in the first place.

Premiered: Catalysts at the Dance Complex, Jan/Feb 2016
Performed:
Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Sept 2018; Outside the Box Festival, July 2016

 

vehicle for accident (2017)
Length: 12 minutes
Cast: 3-4 performers

Description: vehicle follows a simple structure - if the whole cast is not onstage, there’s no music. The quiet enables the viewer to see nuances in thudding solos and crashing duets, showcasing an alternative view on cooperation. Friction and opposition are utilized as modes of support as well as a generator for momentum. 

Premiered: Subject:Matter presents “From The Top” at the Dance Complex, April 2017
Performed: Cambridge River Festival presented by Green Street Studios, June 2019; Harvard Square Mayfair 2017

 

choreography makes me mental: anybody (2016)
Length: 18 minutes
Cast: 7-10 performers

Description: Performers continually emerge, disappear, and reemerge in different energetic states in new locations onstage. Bodies pass through the same places, positions, and material that another body has occupied. The dance calls to mind the feeling of being replaced, but also, the desire to uphold a structure and make it better by fulfilling the role that precedes the performer - a meditation on space, familiarity, and acclimation for both viewer and performer.

Premiered: Mobius Collaborations at Green Street Studios, May 2016
Performed: all by myself at Armory for the Arts, November 2018; Denmark Art Center, Denmark, ME, May 2016
Support: This work was developed in residency at Denmark Arts Center.

 

modus operandi (2016)
Length: undetermined
Cast: undetermined

Description: A structured improvisation in which dancers define words using action instead of communicating in language. The score involves averaging reactions/responses to what is seen in space to make a collective. The performers give up their initial action to mediate it with the group’s understanding. It’s a radical empathy/mirror neuron flexing group exercise.

Performed: Festival of Us, You, We and Them at the Dance Complex, June 2017

Image Credit: Olivia Blaisdell

Image Credit: Olivia Blaisdell

 
Image Credit: Olivia Blaisdell

Image Credit: Olivia Blaisdell

 
Image Credit: Steven Weisz

Image Credit: Steven Weisz

 
Image Credit: Cynthia Clayton Photography

Image Credit: Cynthia Clayton Photography

 
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COLLABORATIONS

Image Credit: Olivia Blaisdell

Image Credit: Olivia Blaisdell

attending bodies (2018)
Length: 10 minutes
Cast: Sonia Santvoord & Michael Figueroa

Description: A structured improvisation and conversation based off of a score called specific touch/difficult material.

Premiered: Baby’s First Show at the Dance Complex, April 2018
Performed: specific touch/difficult material at Festival of Us, You, We and Them at the Dance Complex, June 2017; performed as from where you were in Dancing Uphill at University of Vermont, March 2017

 

mixtape/misnomer (2018)
Length:
undetermined
Cast: Jimena Bermejo & Michael Figueroa

Description: Two duets merged to form one.

Premiered: Baby’s First Show at the Dance Complex, April 2018
Performed: Baby’s First Show, April 2018; misnomer was a commission by David Parker for Dance Now Boston, 2017; mixtape was performed at Jump/Talk by New Movement Collaborative, 2016

 
Image Credit: Faisal Sweets

Image Credit: Faisal Sweets

 

Shows

Baby’s First Show: An Evening of Ruckus Dance
Runtime:
90 minutes
Works: ways of rendering a man blind, perpetual loneliness, gluten-free, attending bodies/misnomer, You’re all going home to make love anyway, objects lay, people lie
Support: BFS was made possible by a Live Arts Boston grant & Next Steps for Boston Dancers from the Boston Foundation, and New England Dance Fund through NEFA.

all by myself: an evening of quiet dances
Runtime:
60 minutes
Works: choreography makes me mental: anybody, embody by/with, “I don’t know - it does”, i love you in real time, and some improvisational segments

All works are available to be performed by Ruckus or by you, email ruckusdanceboston@gmail.com for more information.