Parts + Labour Danse
BY THE SKIN OF YOUR TEETH
About the Company
Established in 2011, PARTS+LABOUR_DANSE acts as a vehicle through which co-choreographers David Albert-Toth and Emily Gualtieri produce and present their work. The company explores the absurdist conflicts of the human experience with physically driven work that charms and challenges. With co-creation and shared authorship at the core of its identity, Parts+Labour_Danse approaches the creation of its works with curiosity, persistence, and a theatrical sensibility, prying open the more intricately folded corners of our humanity. The methods they devise involve a call-and-response approach to collaboration that has given rise to the company’s unique vocabulary, which pits the performer between script and spontaneity, in a state of constant renewal and authentic presence.
About the Piece
(B.T.S.O.Y.T.) looks at the tipping point between choice and fate, and of death and survival. Exposed through two parallel narratives, the work evokes the instinct of survival in extreme situations. Whether it’s a frantic race between a predator and its prey or the dilemma faced by mountain climbers, B.T.S.O.Y.T. looks at the forces that we endure and that influence our decision-making when the precarious balance of our lives changes. They repel and hold on to each other, but at same time attract and help each other, seeking in the other the support they need to deploy their own strength. Faced with this tightrope game between balance and fall, between commitment and surrender, the dancers are brought to appeal to their instinct, to listen to what their body dictates to them, or their moral judgment. Are we beings of flesh or of reason? How do one and the other interfere when an event puts us in extremis?