Anything goes – actually everything goes – on stages across Queens this weekend as contemporary, experimental, and simply mind-bending dance troupes present their latest works.
Balam Dance Theatre (above photo) specializes in choreography influenced by Balinese culture, but the troupe will premiere the Baroque Era-inspired “Fountain of Pleasure” at Queens College on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and again on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. This elegant piece is heavily influenced by the sensibility, mores, and fashion trends of the French upper class during the 17th and 18th centuries. Watch as divinity offers humans insight and guidance on such issues as love, passion, humor, and trust.
Look into the future at Queens Theatre, where CreArtBox, which merges classical music with state-of-the-art technology, will put on “Visuality” on Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. This one-of-a-kind production fuses composed music, movement, light, sound, 3D video, sculpture, painting, and even the written word. Attendees can expect everything from mobile sculptures to journeys through light and darkness to meet the spirits of healing plants.
Two contemporary choreographers — Kensaku Shinohara and Gabrielle Revlock — will present one new piece each at Queens Museum on Dec. 3, and Dec. 4, at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Plus, Revlock will be at the front desk to chat with the public on Dec. 4, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Free and open to all, both dances feature abstract movements to recorded music. Shinohara’s “Monster” is a 17-minute ode to Crazy Wisdom by Viera Janárčeková, a Slovakian contemporary experimental composer. Revlock’s “Fish Tank” is a duet using Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” as source material.
Then there’s The Chocolate Factory Theatre in Long Island City, where interdisciplinary artist Karinne Keithley Syers will share “A Tunnel Year” from Dec. 3 to Dec. 11 at various times. This is a three-part book with a play at its center, built from thoughts crammed into one-line scenes voiced by animals. The book has already been installed and it’s hanging from the ceiling. Now, it’ll be performed as live radio play.
Top photo: Marilyn Monsanto; bottom photo: Queens Museum