2018

Our Eternal Hunt

 
Photo by David Deveau

Photo by David Deveau

 
The plague was no respecter of persons and under its despotic rule everyone, from the warden down to the humblest delinquent, was under sentence and, perhaps for the first time, impartial justice reigned in the prison.
— The Plague by Albert Camus

Our Eternal Hunt is a contemporary dance piece exploring certain aspects of absurdism, a philosophy defined by Albert Camus and exemplified in his novel The Plague and his essay The Myth of Sisyphus. Absurdism is a philosophy that reveals the conflict between searching for meaning when there truly is none, but that in spite of this fact, one should continue to search for meaning and embrace what life has to offer. There are three specific aspects of absurdism that the piece investigates: exposure, perseverance, and β€œthe great equalization.”

It utilizes 14 female dancers who devour the space. There are no characters, for the group is a collective spirit moving through space all searching for the same thing. The piece begins small, dark, and looming, but gradually builds to chaos and destruction. The dancers throw off their clothes and physically open the stage to expose themselves and the proscenium walls. The piece concludes with throbbing lines of dancers walking throughout the space as a select few are enlightened to the true nature of reality.

Total length of work: 11 minutes

Performed:

Sam Houston State University in Senior Studio (Huntsville, TX)

Music:

Ancestral Voice by Creation VI

Forest of Evil (Dawn) by Demdike Stare

Photo by David Deveau

Photo by David Deveau