March 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Velocity presents SUPERCELL by Slowdanger
SUPERCELL is an evening-length multidisciplinary quintet performance responding to climate consciousness, media sensationalism, desensitization, & environmental collapse. The title refers to supercells, large storms of deep, persistent updrafts often resulting in many tornadoes. While supercells are terrifying, ominous, and harbingers of great damage, they are simultaneously breathtaking environmental events when witnessed from afar. The effect is similar to sensationalist media, instantly amplifying catastrophic events for an insatiable public consumption. The work begs the question, how do we cultivate hope during continually uncertain times?
Fusing corporeal mime techniques, contemporary and improvisational dance frameworks, live vocalization/spoken text, electronic/sample based music and interactive technology/set design, SUPERCELL builds a potent and tangible world on stage. Performers’ interactions have corresponding effects within their performance environment as they navigate a world in the midst of fallout from environmental collapse and toxic sensationalization. The amplified breaths and vocalizations of the dancers as a chorus function as a motif articulating the toxic environment’s effects on their bodies.