home in the neon heat (2006)
home is a meditation, through movement, space, and light, on fractured landscapes. The title was taken from Czeslaw Milosz’s Treatise On Poetry, a poem in four parts, in which he describes a world broken by war that has lost its spiritual and cultural continuity. Responding to a world again broken by war, and a society divided, fragmented, and in conflict with itself, Bartosik choreographed fragments of phrases and brief, physically intense — sometimes violent or erotic — moments of interaction. Amid a performance environment divided by light, the dancers negotiate interactions in which one body is asked to be more powerful than another, or where two equally powerful bodies come into contact.
Kimberly Bartosik’s evening length work, home in the neon heat, is a quartet created in artistic collaboration with lighting designer and installation artist, Roderick Murray. The piece was presented by Danspace Project where it premiered at St. Mark’s Church-in-the –Bowery in NYC, June 22-25, 2006. The extraordinary performers included Derry Swan, Daniel Squire, Cedric Andrieux, and Tara Lorenzen. RT: 50 min.
home in the neon heat was made possible, in part, with funds from the Danspace Project 2005-2006 Commissioning Initiative with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The work was also funded by Movement Research (through an Artist-in-Residence grant), The White Oak Plantation through The Field’s Artward Bound program. Additional funding was provided by individual donations.