Keely Garfield Dance

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MANDALA

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Danspace Project Platform:

Dancing Platform - Praying Grounds, Blackness, Churches, and Downtown Dance - March 2018

 

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New York Live Arts - Live Ideas, Radical Vision:

Resistance & Friends! - April 2018

 Photo: KGD by Ian Douglas

Photo: KGD by Ian Douglas

Watch Choreographer Keely Garfield talk about the making of Perfect Piranha - performed at The Chocolate Factory. 

 Photo: Keely Garfield by Paula Court

Photo: Keely Garfield by Paula Court

What forms can we create in modern society that will be conducive to seeing the oneness of life? What are the forms that will make it easier to experience interconnectednessa?
— Zen Peacemakers Order

There is a West African proverb, "When you pray, move your feet!" In response MANDALA brings a community of moving parts together to make things whole. ZPO's Three Tenets—Not-knowing, Bearing Witness, and Taking Action—spur us on and provide a map of sorts. Ideas recede, listening appears, and dancing will save our souls.   

MANDALA is performed by Paul Hamilton, Raja Feather Kelly, Emma Rose Brown, Angie Pittman, Doug LeCours, Dwanye Brown, Carlo Antonio Villaneuva, Lawrence Goldhuber, Jamel West, and Keely Garfield. KGD is joined by Garfield's spirited students from Lang Dance Department, The New School!  Costumes are by Morgane Le Fay.

MANDALA was originally a smaller dance that appeared as the finale of Perfect Piranha, and now is its own expanding universe!

When Ms. Garfield begins by telling the audience, “None of us can do this on our own,” you might wonder if her tongue is in her cheek. But when the work ends with the dancers turning in a circle, hand in hand as the lights fade, it’s pretty clear that she means it. This is not a war dance. It’s more like prayer.
— Brian Seibert, The New York Times.