And each is bound invisibly to the other. Tim’s choreography calls for Wright to make a series of taps with her sticks and feet and for Gearrin to tap her response. In several run-throughs, he directs them to move a little closer, tap a little harder or lighter. They twine around each other in an improvisational dynamic that changes every time. The limiting props facilitate a surprisingly complex set of movements that suggests (to me, anyway) lightness and weight.
In the actual production, their interaction will be one iteration of a “triangle of objects” that recurs with different performers—a small confined action stage left, a static object stage right and the color orange moving left to right across the stage.
The open-ended exchange between Gearrin and Wright, with each dancer choosing how to respond to the other rather than following choreography, is a deliberate artistic choice by Hinck. “I think that speaks to the core concept of ‘Cyclopaedia,’ which is us taking information and then as artists distorting that information, coloring it, using it and filtering it,” he said. “Is this a self-indulgent activity, or is this what really is great about being human beings?”
Tim Hinck’s “Cyclopaedia” • $15 • 7:30 p.m. • $5 (students with ID) • Feb. 21-25 • Center for Creative Arts • 1301 Dallas Road