Video of the Day: Cedar Lake Premieres New Epic Dance Work


Orbo Novo (excerpts) from Caleb Custer on Vimeo.

Dance, like other performing arts, is tragically hit or miss. This beautiful clip from Cedar Lake‘s epic production of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s new full-length work Orbo Novo is the former. We saw a special press preview of the piece earlier this year, and it’s an awesome exploration of the power of the brain, placing the audience inside a woman’s mind as she’s having a stroke. Dancers squeeze their bodies through an intricately designed cube and writhe together in perfect harmony and dissonance to beautiful music marked with pointedly profound atonality.

“The piece tackles issues of freedom, contamination, perspective, loneliness and enlightenment,” Cherkaoui has said. “Searching for the perfect balance between left and right, between heaven and earth, Orbo Novo is in a way an exploration of the present moment, the Now, by trying to untangle the future from the past.”

The show premieres 10/20 at The Joyce.