Choreography by Milka Djordjevich
Performed by Laurel Atwell, Jessica Cook, Dorothy Dubrule and Devika Wickremesinghe
Music by Chris Peck
Lighting by Madeline Best
Costumes by Naomi Luppescu
Questioning contemporary dance’s predisposition towards neutrality, authenticity and the de-sexualization of the female body, ANTHEM embraces theatricality, virtuosity and sass. The work weaves together existing and imagined vernacular dance styles to explore labor, play, and feminine-posturing. Four women execute a repetitive yet complex movement vocabulary that evolves as they rotate hypnotically within the confines of a square. Over time, the meditative rigor of their steps dissolves into a tangle of commotion, blurring the distinction between the mundane and the glamorous. Choreographer Milka Djordjevich works with long-time collaborators Chris Peck, whose music both supports and subverts the rhythmic contrasts of the choreography, and Madeline Best, whose lighting design emphasizes the psychedelic visual character of the piece.
ANTHEM is commissioned by the Chocolate Factory Theater and Los Angeles Performance Practice. The work premieres in Los Angeles as part of the LAX Festival, with performances in New York City at the Chocolate Factory Theater in Spring 2018.