Lisa Townsend Company

indifference

MAR 22-25, THU-SUN

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Empathy defines humanity.  Drawing inspiration from the French Existentialist novel L’Etranger (The Stranger) by Albert Camus, indifference explores empathy, and lack there of, in society as it loosely follows the story’s protagonist Meursault, whose humanity is expressed in the unbearable heat of the day. The scorching sun penetrates his body, consuming his rational mind, and in a single moment he squeezes the trigger at close range, terminating another’s life. Examining the absurd psychological cul-de-sac that is modernity, Townsend’s piece explores and deconstructs the existential dilemmas of Camus’ character, delivering a moving commentary on cruelty, remorse and indifference, the perils of free will, and the societal burdens imposed on cultural outsiders — strangers.

Lisa Townsend investigates with movers Christine Bonansea, Patrick Cashman, Brenton Cheng, Eric Garcia, and Erin Mei-Ling Stuart at her side. Live music by Michael Bello (sax), Piro Patton (bass) & Dave Mihaly (drums) and video by Piro Patton further enliven the scene.

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Lisa Townsend Company

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Lisa Townsend Company performs experimental contemporary dance that draws on raw physicality, intimate gesture, and a theatrical sensibility. LTCo has been presented in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Europe. LTCo has co-produced evenings at L.A.C.E., L.A.’s Downtown Playhouse, ODC Theater and for two seasons at Joyce SoHo in NYC. They have received support from Meet the Composer, Marin Arts Council, Theater Bay Area CA$H, Zellerbach Family Foundation, as a resident company at ODC Theater and Creative Capital Fellow at Headlands Center for the Arts. “As a choreographer, I look for moments of resonance between bodies, the expression of ideas through gesture and intimate touch, testing the limits of trust. In collaboration with visual and theatrical artists, writers and composers, we are committed to creating innovative, timely and meaningful work.”

 

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Dance Anywhere Interview with Lisa Townsend Co.
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Mar 17th, 2012

 

DA: You mention that indifference is based on Albert Camus’ The Stranger. How did you decide to use this novel as inspiration for your performance? 
LTCo: As a reflection on the absurdity of free will, indifference questions the troubling impenitence experienced by Camus’ protagonist, Meursault. What if free will, which we hold so dear as a marker of individual freedom, actually engenders a lack of empathy for those around us? Does our experience of the world then simply become a series of self-affirming reactions to our immediate physical experiences? To whom are we accountable if we act only for ourselves?

DA: What themes from The Stranger are represented in indifference?

LTCo: Lack of empathy, the perils of free will, remorse and indifference, and the societal burdens imposed on cultural outsiders–strangers are the themes explored in this piece. 

DA: What was the process like of transforming the themes of this novel into dance? 

LTCo: We started by taking scenes/dialogue directly from the book and improvising movement material inspired by the written word.  Then we took on qualites of the different characters, emulating them through physical gestures and posture and speaking their dialogue.  At the same time Piro (Patton, video artist) shot video footage of the dancers; on the beach depicting the heat of the day and the expansiveness of the ocean and in cityscapes depicting the containment of urbanity.  It has turned into a dreamlike tale weaving together dance, theater, video, live music and set design.


DA: How did the themes evolve as you were in the process of creating this dance (if at all)?
LTCo: The themes evolved into a tale of wo/man’s duality and dilemmas: jealousy, anger, fear, happiness, passions, death.

DA: Being an interactive multi-media performance, how does indifference draw the audience in and illicit participation? 
LTCo: The intimacy of the space, the responsibility of the audience as witness and the physicality of the movement performed will give the audience a strong visceral experience.

 
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Artist Interview: Lisa Townsend
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Mar 12th, 2012

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Maman died today…
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Mar 9th, 2012

Please watch a teaser excerpt from indifference, created by Piro Patton, Patric Cashman, Eric Garcia, & me.

The use of positive and negative space speaks to the duality of human nature.

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KickStarter & indifference
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Feb 24th, 2012

Hello Everyone,

Right now my shared winter residency at CounterPULSE is in full swing and my performers & I are feeling really good about where we are in the process of creating this piece.  We’ve been working & playing hard in the studio making relevant material and out on the streets & beach shooting video footage.  As we approach our final weeks of editing and shaping what we have into a compelling, succinct piece I am also turning my attention to a truly important aspect of this whole production… making sure that the artists & collaborators get paid well for their incredibly hard work and beautiful artistry.

So…

I have launched my first ever KickStarter Campaign.  Please check it out and if you have the means, please support- no donation is too small- and most important, come out to see the show.

Thank you very much! We are looking forward to sharing indifference with you soon.

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indifference – Lisa Townsend Co.
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Jan 28th, 2012

VIDEO #3 – Waves

I had the whole sky in my eyes and it was blue and gold.

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indifference – Lisa Townsend Co.
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Jan 28th, 2012

VIDEO #2 – habit, 8 years

is life to be lived rather than mulled over or dreamed about?  do we exist among or against each other in a brutal adventure, to which we must by our actions give meaning?  is our direct experience our only guide?

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indifference – Lisa Townsend Co.
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Jan 1st, 2012

VIDEO#1 – punch  Footage from a recent rehearsal with dancers Brenton Cheng and Christine Bonansea.

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