Hinterland: The Beast Astray

2005, Joyce SoHo Presents

The work explores the intangible moment between inhabiting the physical body and becoming the (an) other. The work examines the idea of supernatural possession and uses it as a metaphor for our own human struggle with the idea of self-containment and self-possession. Using material from the 1984 Science Fiction Comedy Ghostbusters, the performers re-create various scenes from the movie, such as Dana's (Sigourney Weaver) transformation into Zule. Transforming from animal to human, back to beast/paranormal creature, the dancers explore sinuous gestural movement often inspired by animal motion. The repetitive spatial patterns invert themselves as the meaning is changed by the shifting construction and ultimate collapse of the composition.