This is the first time that Alejandro Cerrudo has used text, rather than music, as inspiration for a dance. One of the dancers is spotlighted up in a box seat as she powerfully delivers a theatric monologue by philosopher, Alan Watts, about reality and dreams. The following performance involves them interacting with a large billowing silk sheet. Finally, to conclude the piece, another dancers comes out and delivers a solo lecture. It ends with the following line: “If you know, … the ego doesn’t really doesn’t exist, then it won’t go to your head too badly if you wake up and discover that you are God.”
This piece features a trio of hauntingly beautiful songs accompanied by emotional and heartfelt dancing in couples. There is “For Now I am Winter” by Olafur Anolds (2016), “Familiar” by Nils Frahm (2011), and “First Watch” by King Creosote and Jon Hopkins (2011). Each of the songs transitions smoothly into the other and so do each of the dances. It’s modern, sleek, graceful, and expertly crafted.
Out of Your Mind – World Premiere
The monologue that started the “Off Screen” piece is used while the dancers perform. Later on, the song “It Starts Now” by Blond:ish plays. It contains the same text that was performed at the end of “Off Screen”. It’s an interesting way to tie together the two pieces. In addition, the philosophical nature of the words matches quite nicely with the artistic movements of the dancers and the music to create a beautiful piece of art.