Psophonia Dance Company journeys through a magical garden in Infinite Shapes of Creatures. The evening-length program is a collaborative work that intertwines live music, poetry and dance. The project began a year ago when Austin musicians Adrienne Inglis and Shana Norton of Chaski ventured into a collaboration with Psophonia director/choreographer Sophia L. Torres. The initial concept was to create a site specific work that would bridge public performance with awareness about sustainable food practices, urban gardening and local farming.
While the collaborators have not yet realized the full potential of the project, the interaction between the artists has created a rich, earthy work in Infinite Shapes of Creatures. Broken down into nine sections, the performance features music by American composer Alan Hovhaness, The Garden of Adonis. The composition is rooted in Cantos III and IV from Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene, which allegorically describes souls that are reincarnated as plants and flowers.
Played by Inglis on flute and Norton on clàrsach (Scottish harp), the intermingling of dance with live music readily transcends the viewer to a mystical garden. In addition to live music, this performance will include excerpt readings from Spenser's poem not heard in its first run earlier this fall.