Not that kind of monster: A dance of patterns and outsiders at the CAC this weekend

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 11:30:27 PM. The title might be misleading as Sidra Bell’s namesake dance company stages two performances of “Mönster Outside” at the Contemporary Arts Center this weekend.
The title might be misleading as Sidra Bell’s namesake dance company stages two performances of “Mönster Outside” at the Contemporary Arts Center this weekend. But the word “mönster,” with an umlaut, translates to “pattern” in Swedish and the word “outside” refers to the “outliers in today’s society,” Bell said. Bell’s three-year collaboration with Swedish composer Per Storby Jutbring (known professionally as Per Storby) resulted in his musical composition being incorporated into the 75-minute dance piece that will premiere at the CAC on Friday and Saturday nights. Bell’s six dancers — three men and three women – will be accompanied by Storby’s New Tide Orquestra, a five-piece chamber ensemble from Sweden that worked extensively with the dancers in Gothenburg. Making her second appearance in three years at the CAC, Bell described the new work as “a multidisciplinary piece with a really elaborate set design and some vocal scoring.” Shunning the contemporary dance trend of relying on recorded music, Bell added, “It is a luxury to have a five-piece band and the music is so gorgeous. It’s been an amazing experience to rehearse to a live band and we’re looking forward to having them onstage with us.” “I think ‘Mönster Outside’ is like looking through a prism of ideas, characters and identities," Bell said. "Because of the Swedish meaning of ‘mönster,’ the subject of the piece deals with patterns in society, and outliers was another idea. “So I think the piece and its subjects...Read more
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