The Machine Stops (2019)

Commissioned by Saint Paul Ballet

 28 Minutes

3 Dancers

Original Cast: Berit Ahlgren,  Helen Hatch, Kacey Hauk

Live Music and composition by Seth Conover and Micah Patchin

Costumes: Jenny Hawkins-Hatch

Lighting: Joanna McLarnan

Sound: Rick Ausland

Premiere: May 23th, 2019

ThreeFold

The Southern Theater

Minneapolis, MN

Background Photo: Brianne Bland

Notes: 

“Man, the flower of all flesh, the noblest of all creatures visible, man who had once made god in his image, and had mirrored his strength on the constellations, beautiful naked man was dying, strangled in the garments that he had woven…Truly the garment had seemed heavenly at first, shot with colours of culture, sewen with the threads of self-denial. And heavenly it had been so long as it was a garment and no more, man could shed it at will and live by the essence that is his soul, and the essence, equally divine, that is his body. The sin against the body… the centuries of wrong against the muscles and the nerves, and those five portals by which we can alone apprehend as colourless, last sloshy stirrings of a spirit that had grasped the stars.”

    -E.M. Forster, The Machine Stops

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Photos by Brianne Bland