Prepare for Sudden Ground Loss!

The Dance Exchange has always been an incubator for smart, engaging dance, and one of the great pleasures I’ve had in almost 19 years with the company has been watching up-and-coming dance artists hatch something innovative. The latest such artist is Sarah Levitt, who recently shared a Metro DC Emerging Choreographer Award with Ben Wegman for the Dance Exchange-produced Hammock.

Fresh from several weeks at Bates Dance Festival, Sarah’s back with something brand new: Procedures for Ground Loss Safety, which will be featured this Saturday as part of the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Take It to the Bridge series. Stationed in the transparent bridge inside the gallery’s glass entryway, Sarah will perform 30-minute loops of choreography, which will be subject to change over the course of the afternoon based on the work’s premise of ground that continuously collapses beneath our feet in a mounting disaster.

Photo by Virginia Levitt

What do we do when religion, scientific principles, cultural values and democracy itself prove to be unreliable? What is the violent effect on the body when our beliefs fail us? Sarah is asking these questions in a work that will continue in development over the coming year. Catch it at the Corcoran this weekend and keep an eye on this website for further developments.

Procedures for Ground Loss Safety is at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from 12 to 5 pm, Saturday, August 18, 500 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC.

About John Borstel

John’s role with the Dance Exchange encompasses functions in documentation, dissemination, and dialogue.