A dancetheater piece for 300 oranges, 6-16 performers, and 2 knives that “pushes the rituals of a traditional community over the edge into mysterious, subversive, and often funny acts.” (The Village Voice) and has been seen by over 15,000 people throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America.
Set to the enchanting folk music of pre-war Italy, the 55-minute work explodes with images both wildly kinetic, deeply moving, and delightfully odd.
Premiere • P.S. 122, New York City, April 1995
Tour Highlights • Kennedy Center Millennium Stage • Joyce Theater • 9-city tour of Switzerland • Festival Internacional de Danza, Lima, Peru • Woking Dance Umbrella, England• Bates Dance Festival • Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center • Maine Festival • Grace Street Theater, Richmond, VA • Redfern Arts Center, Keene, NH • Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors •Central Park Summer Stage • City Center Fall for Dance Festival/NYC
Commissioned by • P.S. 122 with funds from the Jerome Foundation, the Harkness Foundation, the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, and the Union Bank of Switzerland.
Ordinary Festivals is a dance theater work for a core company of 7, with the option of an additional 6-12 local performers joining in. Versions of various lengths can be set during 1-2 week residencies and performed in theaters as well as in outdoor and alternative spaces.