bound created and performed by Christine Bennett, Alissa Cardone, DeAnna Pellecchia and Ingrid Schatz set design by Beth Galston
"The piece follows the four women as they begin on stilts, become 'grounded' without them and then ascend again. ' It's not narrative,' Bennett says, 'but each character has development. It is an abstraction of the idea that four women go through some metamorphosis on our feet. It's analogous to childhood, then adolescence and then something completely different.” -Mike Mayo, South End News
The collaborative production of BOUND integrates an exploration of multi-layered verticality. Underneath the 50-foot high glass dome of the Boston Center for the Arts' Cyclorama, five 30-foot high columns created by Beth Galston form a looming and surreal environment. The dancers (Christine Bennett, Alissa Cardone, DeAnna Pellecchia and Ingrid Schatz) are either earthbound or bound for something higher as they utilize stilts at times to reach full height in relation to their environment. To a sometimes-delicate sometimes-fierce score by Henryk Gorecki, the dancers undergo a physical and emotional metamorphosis much like the development of child to adult. In three sections, this visually striking performance challenges the viewer's perception of vertical limitations.