White Spider rehearsal

I saw the White Spider in rehearsal recently. It’s really exciting—the dancers hang suspended in midair, hovering upside down, walking on air, defying gravity. The principal element of the set is a giant disk that tilts or lays flat, providing an ever-changing space and a challenge for dancers to climb or walk atop. At times it feels like a lunar landscape. The opening image, with Alisoun suspended, moving along its edge, is breathtaking.

I love the precariousness, risk and physicality in this piece. One compelling moment stands out: one dancer after the other takes a run and leaps onto the disk, balances, loses balance, and slides down onto the floor,  and then begins again. The repetition is powerful. I can’t wait to see the final work with lights and costumes at the VIDF.

– Cheryl Prophet