E Pluribus Unum II is a dance inspired by collaboration and interpretation of the emotive architecture rooted in William Forsythe’s Improvisation Technologies. This work is the company’s first collaborative project with acclaimed soloist, international guest artist and former Forsythe dancer Elizabeth Corbett and builds from Comerford’s nine year relationship with Corbett as her teacher, choreographer and mentor.
International composer and pianist Alejandro Santoyo joined the company to compose an original score for the work while utilizing the composition developed from the movement’s organizational principles. Corbett designed the Laban score that Comerford used to generate the material. Working collaboratively, Corbett, Comerford and Santoyo challenged the traditional distinction between choreographer, composer and dancer, using their methodology to question hierarchy, authorship and disciplinary boundaries. The twenty minute work is comprised of solos, duets and ensemble work.
E Pluribus Unum II is choreographed by Artistic Director ShaLeigh Comerford in collaboration with ShaLeigh Dance Works’ Company members.
This work was supported in part by The Durham Arts Council’s 2018 Facility Grant Award.
Estimated Runtime: 15-20 minutes
The ‘courageous process of creation’ unites through dance with ‘E Pluribus Unum II’ – The News & Observer