Los Angeles Dance Preview: WOOLF PAPERS (NW Dance Project at the Carpenter Center in Long Beach)

by Frank Arthur on November 7, 2017

in Dance,Theater-Los Angeles

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WHO’S EXCITED ABOUT VIRGINIA WOOLF?

Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, NW Dance Project’s Artistic Director Sarah Slipper’s Woolf Papers—a reinvention of the classic novel—is an outstanding model of contemporary dance, provocative, theatrical, and deeply moving. Now, this exciting new piece is coming to the Carpenter Center in Long Beach for one night only on November 11. This is a rare stop for the popular Oregon-based company, and the full-evening program is a best bet.

Listed as one of Time’s “100 best English-language novels,” Mrs. Dalloway (photos below) is written in a stream-of-conscious narrative. Woolf Papers “is not a literal interpretation,” Slipper notes, focusing instead on themes like “the overwhelming presence of the passing of time and memory in the novel.”

By embracing the nonlinear timelines and rhythm of the character’s internal lives, Woolf Papers brings the emotional landscape of this famous novel to life through dance.

The Carpenter Center engagement includes two additional works by the company: You Are All I See (photo below) by choreographer Wen Wei Wang and Le Fil Rouge (video above, photo below) by choreographer Ihsan Rustem.

Below is a clip with Sarah Slipper being interviewed at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2017:

photos by Blaine Truitt Covert

NW Dance Project
Program: Woolfe Papers, You Are All I SeeLe Fil Rouge
Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St in Long Beach
Saturday November 11, 2017 at 8
for tickets, call 562.985.7000 or visit Carpenter Arts

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