LIVE PERFORMANCE: "THE SOLAR-DO-NOTHING-DANCE" (2017)

 

On the night of the summer solstice 2017, when the earth’s axis was most aligned with the sun, artistic director Mafalda Millies and choreographer Nathan Mitchell presented The-Solar-Do-Nothing-Dance on New York’s High Line. The performance took place across a quarter-mile strip of the park, paying homage to one of the first devices to convert solar energy to electricity: Charles and Ray Eames’ Solar-Do-Nothing Machine (1957). 

Donning structural costumes inspired by Robert Rauschenberg's designs for Merce Cunningham's 1977 Travelogue performance, dancers moved amidst the innovative park-landscape of an abandoned railway; bringing the spinning, sparkling and intrinsically playful Eames toy to life through dance, music and design—all suspended above the bustling New York street life.

The-Solar-Do-Nothing-Dance was produced by Eliza Soros, with an original score by the French underground composer Charles Derenne, a live violin performance by Molly Fletcher and drums by Patrick Steward of the Scissor Sisters. The performance took place in collaboration with liquor brand Maison St. Germain, including a mysterious, lush floral maze installation by the landscape designer Lily Kwong.