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Brian Brooks Moving Company

Jan 30Feb 01

Performance Dates

  • Thu Jan 30 2020 8:00 PM
  • Fri Jan 31 2020 8:00 PM
  • Sat Feb 01 2020 8:00 PM


Meany Hall – Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater

The Brian Brooks Moving Company is, as its name suggests, all about moving. Brooks developed his audacious choreographic style as a dancer with MacArthur "Genius" Elizabeth Streb and has gone on to “shatter conventional notions of the human capacity for strength and endurance” (Dance Magazine). In his Meany Center engagement, Brooks investigates the intimate spaces between bodies on the stage, and in the virtual space created by immersive technologies.

The program includes two world premieres: Am I Supposed To Be Somebody Else, a solo piece performed by Brooks to music by Bryce Dessner, and Closing Distance, an ensemble work with music by Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw. Closing Distance uses weight and collision to explore our ever-present urge to connect physically and emotionally. Shaw’s acrobatic, cathartic and deeply human vocal composition amplifies every nuance of the alternately playful and formalist work, creating dramatic tension manifested as divergent voices and bodies that converge into harmonies. Also included are the Seattle premieres of Torrent, set to Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, plus the intricate duet, MOTOR.

Arrive early to experience Drawing Room, a lobby installation using augmented reality movement tools developed by Brooks during his recent residency with the Creative Fellowships Initiative at the UW.

Brian Brooks’ choreography is a kind of external exploration of human limits. He imparts his work with the sensibilities of both a laboratory scientist and a visual artist.
— Dance Magazine

The ENCORE program for this performance is available to READ ONLINE

The Brooks solo piece, Closing Distance, and the lobby installation, Drawing Room, were commissioned by Meany Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Creative Fellowships Initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

World Dance Series generously underwritten by the families of Delaney and Justin Dechant and Ira and Courtney Gerlich in honor of their Mom, Katharyn Alvord Gerlich