Zullo/Raw Movement’s production The Architecture of Proximity is an immersive dance and performance experience exploring the relationship between the architecture of spaces and the physical, psychological and emotional effects of space on the body.
We asked Artistic Director of Zullo/Raw Movement, John Zullo a few questions about his new piece opening in the Theater at the 14th Street Y this Wednesday, October 28th.
How would you describe this show to someone that has never experience immersive dance or theater?
This performance is different from most other performances because there is no seating, therefore the audience is asked to stand during the duration of the performance with freedom to walk around the space. I liken the experience to being at a museum or gallery where you are moving through actively looking and engaging with the works. This allows for a more intimate experience of the work and to actually become part of the whole performance experience.
How did you first become involved with the Y?
I first heard about the Theater at the 14th Street Y when I was at the APAP conference last January. I visited their booth, and was able to talk to your staff to learn more about the space. I like spaces that are unexpected. My company has been performing mostly in the East Village, and I didn’t know that the Y had this venue. I think this space allows for the piece to have a blank slate without the space defining the piece. Instead, this piece is able to define the space.
In this case, it is playing with borders and boundaries that separate us and erasing them to find communality amongst individuals. It is creating an experience that forces people to deal with and negotiate the relationships that they have with each other and spaces. Then, we are able to see how physical spaces can affect people physically, emotionally and psychologically. In this piece, which I think more of as a movement based installation, is immersive through the convergence of movement, sound, architectural spaces, and light. Through this, we are able to explore the possibility of it all working together– the movement is indicative of the spaces in our lives.
Is there anything else the audience should expect?
My goals for the audience are that they first, experience something that they have never experience before, and second, that they are transformed by the end of the installation. I hope that the audience is able to find a sense of openness, and are open to going on this journey with the performers. The audience becomes part of the work as they are physically engaged in the piece. Also, I encourage the audience to take photographs (no flash only) during the performance and tag @zullorawmovement on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!
The Architecture of Proximity will be playing at the Theater at the 14th Street Y
October 28th-Nov. 1st