Strange Love: EPISODES
A serialized, multi-media performance exploring courtship, intimacy and love.
Inspired by the music of John Coltrane, Miles Davis and classic film noir, artistic director Nathan Trice gathers eight dancer/singers and a jazz trio to merge vocal renditions of Coltrane & Davis’ compositions with theatrical dance, movement monologues and a montage of cinematic ambient projections. The overall aim of Strange Love is to episodically expose the interior structures to the external appearances of courtship, intimacy and love.
Each episode is driven by a combination of themes (Stereotype, Resistance, Terror, Eroticism, Violence, Memory and Embarrassment) that inspire a multifaceted investigation into the layered worlds of courtship, intimacy and love. The result is a series of human exchanges — made up of vocal riffs, cryptic text, dance and dramatic movement — that become scenes in each episode, expressing very personal perspectives on courtship, intimacy and love.
“Strange Love is organic and emotionally rich with an intense physicality that describes the human experience.” – Dalia Ratnikas of the Brooklyn Rail
“Trice excels at creating immersive multipart dances in non-theater spaces, putting the audience in the middle of the action in a way that is comfortably flexible. He clearly pours his soul into his projects, spending years conceiving and developing them, with performers who share his vision and join him on the journey.” – Quinn Batson of OFFOFFOFF Dance
In December 2012, Nathan and his company of multi-talented artist completed a six month exploratory residency at FreeCandy, an intimate sixty-seat warehouse art/performance space located in the Clinton-Hill/Bed-Stuy area of Brooklyn, NY. FreeCandy’s graffitied walls, neon painted antique & contemporary furniture and fixtures, and candled decorated bar with concocted drinks became the perfect setting for Strange Love: EPISODES. The combination of the space and episodic performances created an intimate, urban, gritty mood where the audience and performers proximity invoked an exchanging voyeurism between one another creating a visual, audio, sensory, theatrical experience.
Strange Love: EPISODES is conceived, choreographed and directed by Nathan Trice, written by Nathan Trice and Charles De Veaux, music direction by Nick Jost, vocal coach Maritri Garrett, cinematography by filmmaker Vanja Srdic, projection designs by Ed Stone French, lighting design Eddie Stockton, photography by Judith Stuart & Ernesto Mancebo, and costume design by David Shen & Keiko Voltaire. The cast of multi-talented dancer/singers are: Nathan Trice, Tendayi Kuumba, Ryoji Sasamoto, Makiko Tamura, Tiffany Mellard, Damani Pompey, Jaquez A. Sims and Karina Ikezoe.