Dances Around the House is an evening-length solo dance work created by collaborating choreographers Joanna Haigood and Remy Charlip. Dances Around the House premiered at the Exploratorium on January 14th & 15th, 2005.
For over 25 years Remy Charlip has been sending his invention Air Mail Dances to soloists and companies all over the world. The performer/choreographer receives drawn dance scores of 20 single figures on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper and without instructions from Charlip, orders them, creates transitions between positions and provides the context and meaning. While the movement score may be the same for several artists, the resulting performance is incredibly unique - drawing on individual aesthetics, movement vocabularies and personal experience. This reflects Charlip's interest in collaborations and seeing how artists comment on his original impulse. Air Mail Dances has allowed artists all over the world to create innovative works based on Charlip's drawings.
Haigood brought five of Charlip's scores to life in Dances Around the House. The scores included Dance for a Doorway, Sweeping Dance, and Dances for Three Steps. Sculptor Wayne Campbell designed a set of objects typically found in a house, which will be suspended above the Exploratorium's Distorted Room. Charlip and Haigood produced a fanciful, challenging and thought provoking performance piece. Joanna Haigood is an artist in residence at the Exploratorium and has been working on the phenomenon of shadows, which were a primary component of this new work.
Remy Charlip's extensive career has included performing with John Cage, dancing and designing costumes for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, winning two Village Voice Obie awards, and three New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year citations. He has choreographed for The Oakland Ballet, The London Contemporary Dance Company, Caracas Taller De Danza, New South Wales Dance Company and The Metro Theatre Circus. He has also written and illustrated 30 picture books, for which he has been honored and deemed a National Treasure by the Library of Congress.