Photo: Yi-Chun Wu; Dancer: Amy Lewis

PREMIERED AT DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL, JOHN RYAN THEATER, BROOKLYN, NY (2007)


CHOREOGRAPHY AND PERFORMANCE:
Amy Lewis
MUSIC:
12 c. anonymous composer, Hilliard Ensemble

ABOUT

Stephen Pinker,  in How the Mind Works, attests that happiness can be harder to attain than misery.  He explains our dilemma by discussing biological fitness:  “more food is better, but only up to a point.  But as things get worse, decreases in fitness can take you out of the game:  not enough food, and you’re dead.  In other words, ‘wealth is like health: not having it makes you miserable, but having it does not guarantee happiness.’” Essentially a task-based piece, Dial consisted of a set of goals:  take five minutes to get from one side of the stage to the other, change direction a certain number of times, work with a very small movement vocabulary.  While completing the tasks, there was a search to hold on to happiness, a giving up, and a starting over.