creature human creature human creature human is a failing epic evening length dance spectacle that lives in the liminal space that is shared by animals and humans. It is both too much and too little. It plays between disgusting excess and not enough. It is absurd, inappropriately provocative, and impossible to tear our eyes from. Dances move between barely legible and embarrassingly over-executed. The dancers are in heat, the dancers are desperate for nourishment, the dancers are looking for a home in a place where their habitat no longer exists, the dancers are shedding their antlers, their skin, and their fur. They are burying acorns in the ground in places they immediately forget. They are wondering why their friends are dying and disappearing, why the water tastes funny and is choked with algae. They wonder with a small part of their brain but then they hurry on to thrust their horns against another warm body and find their dinner.
Conceived by Abby Crain in collaboration with the performers Harold Burns, Mara Poliak, Layton Lachman, Olive Blackburn, and composer Samuel Hertz
March 2015 at the Omni Oakland Commons
All photographs by Robbie Sweeney