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Will / Work

Will / Work explores the every-day urges and desires of the middle class working force, and the often mundane robotic 9-5 lifestyle and ones desire to break free.  The piece begins with the initial daily struggle of getting out of bed, and charts the daily grind of getting to work, and the exhaustion of being over worked. Scene to scene, workers are connected by the repetitive image of the bright orange power cord, trailing from one aspect to another in their mundane routines.  After discovering the power cord is hoarding not only energy but their own passion and energy, tired and weary blue collar professionals discover that by unplugging the power cords they can regain their will and their lifeless, robotic bodies will return to the once zealous, eager and ambitious souls they once knew, embracing the colors of their essence and spirit by stripping off the black and white demands of a working life they never truly wanted.

(2011) This work is made possible by Silo | DanceNOW and created in part through The Field’s Artist Residency program, supported by the Lambent Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation


Ancient Bruises

Inspired by a true small town story, Ancient Bruises brings awareness and the raw emotion behind domestic violence victims to the stage, embodying the love/hate relationship the many endure in such tragic situations. Set to music by Mum, Ancient Bruises is a gut-wrenching story of a woman who endures domestic abuse from her partner – a man who has a long standing history of abusing women.  Though she knows his abusive pattern, the protagonist female initially turns her back on the warnings, trying to coax her partner into changing his ways through love and trust.  Eventually, after enduring too much abuse, the protagonist stands on her own two feet and cultivates the strength to stand up to her abuser and set herself free.  Ancient Bruises is a stunning duet that will leave audiences in tearful awe, praying for triumph.

(2010) This work is created in part through The Field’s Artist Residency program, supported by the Lambent Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation


Magnetic Affixion

Magnetic Affixion is a short story engaging the child-like imagination in all of us. The choreography is shaped to music by Thomas Newman and other artists.  An animated, fun-for-all story, Magnetic Affixion plays with an imaginary force that creates a playful bond to ourselves, our surroundings, and each other. Dancers are tossed around, crash to the floor, jump, and leap to avoid the “stickiness”, while tossing each other around to remove the appearing permanent bond created to each other.  Will they ever get free?  And if so – what do they do next?! Watch as the combination of contact improv and theatrics combine to create a spell-bounding adventure that is sure to entertain!

(2007) This work is created in part through The Field’s Artist Residency program, supported by the Lambent Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation


The Furthest Distance Between Two Points

“The Furthest Distance Between Two Points” is an experimental duet about distance and relationship developed by Perceptions West Director Molly Fletcher Lynch and Artistic Director Melissa Gendreau.  In a new process of creation and development, Lynch and Gendreau explore collaboration through distance, with Lynch on the West Coast and Gendreau on the East Coast, while utilizing multimedia and social media to ultimately create a duet through two solos performed simultaneously on both coasts to one audience.

Please note: this piece requires video projection.  For an enhanced experience live stream capabilities work best.

(2011) This work is created in part through The Field’s Artist Residency program, supported by the Lambent Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation, and the Garage San Francisco Artist in Residency Program


Table Talk

“Table Talk”, where everyone at the table has their say. Simply joining in on the conversation or off on a tangent, this conversation of movement unfolds, morphs and expands, without ever feeling out of the loop. The dancers of Perceptions (West Coast) explore and pick apart the intricacies of group dynamics and the ever changing, yet delicate art form of communication through conversation.  Words are the initiation of creation for this group, only going off of what others have to say and telling their own story through tangents and and often broken up bites of conversation. Each person and personality vital to the conversation and fully alive in the moment, Table Talk strives to bring the audience in on the conversation, right from our own words.

(2011) This work is created in part through The Garage Artist in Residence program.  


The Secular Self

The Secular Self is Studio Anya’s first faculty: our identity, personal profile/public imagethe one who has a social security number, finger prints and a birth certificate.  The Secular Self is our human existence as seen from the outside in perspective.  To affect alchemy, the secular self acknowledges the level of ambiguity associated with the unseen realities existing within.  Invoking awareness begins with learning how to make modules (information containers) that allow us to file our points of interest in a way that invites fidgeting or conscious micro-movements in & about the macro-movements. Set to music by Alexi Murdoch.

(2010) This piece made possible by Studio Anya



FLY is an experiment of wind, light and flight, challenging the previously deemed “impossible” stigma of human flight to prove that anything is possible when you dream and believe. FLY is performed in 3 sections: Feel, Dream and Believe.  Part one, Feel, opens with a clear field of grass with sunny skies, rolling clouds, and a woman lying in the grass feeling the wind. Part two, Dream, takes place under the stars with three women dreaming of taking off into the night sky. Part three, Believe, takes place high in the clouds, with one dancer floating through the sky as other join and soar without ropes, cables or wings. FLY is set to music by Ludovico Einaudi, Sigur Ros and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

(2010) This piece made possible by Silo | DanceNOW