Late Nights on Air premiered October 27 and 28 at the Joyce Theater in New York. The piece featured choreography by Jonah Bokaer, set to an original score by Nico Muhly performed live on stage in a special collaboration with renowned violinists Angela & Jennifer Chun. Diller Scofidio + Renfro and 3-Legged Dog collaborated on the performance’s immersive environment which integrates space, light and sound. A thin armature cantilevered from a ‘collaborative’ robot that transforms in stages: from benign intruder to amusing playmate, useful collaborator, infuriating obstacle, and divider until its final stage as a menacing weapon. DS+R Partner Charles Renfro commented, "From protagonist to antagonist, the robot plays a central role that demands attention and reaction from both dancers and musicians. It produces a solid, palpable line of light that divides stage, performers and then audience, unwittingly pitting each side against the other." Two scrims separate the visibility of dancers between upstage and downstage while also providing a projection surface for images of division ranging from suburban fences to geopolitical divides. This exploration of the stage implicates the theater as a force in navigating the binaries of our time.
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