Choreography - Jennifer Backhaus
Music - A Silver Mt. Zion, Devotchka, Andrew Bird, Florence + The Machine
Number of Dancers - 6 + Chorus (various size)
Length - 72 mins
Premiere (Excerpts) - Joyce SoHo, New York, NY
Premiere (Evening Length) - The Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine, CA
Based on the theme of illumination, Ms. Backhaus explores light in both a physical and spiritual sense. Incandescent evokes a sense of discovery and expression of the human experience by igniting the internal shadow and bringing it to light. The piece has dancers shifting through various configurations of hundreds of light bulbs suspended from above with creative lighting techniques that help express the spectrum of emotions they experience on their journey. The human spirit glows when it is ignited by self awareness, creativity and the connection to others.
"... a fluid, unforced fusion of classical and contemporary dance."
- David St Lascaux, The Brooklyn Rail
"Partnering possibilities are fresh and imaginative ... solo opportunities allow us to 'meet' the dancers one-on-one, and the whole ensemble seemed wonderfully propelled by the music... the individual characteristics of each dancer were illuminated and each one "spoke" to us in his or her own dance-voice."
- Oberon's Grove, New York City Dance Blog