Inspired by the Brutalist movement in architecture, with its emphasis on massive exposed concrete construction, and a wistfulness for the anti-bourgeois spirit of an earlier era, Impact features a cast of 15 performers inhabiting a dystopian world sometime in the near future. With scenic design by Alice Malia and commissioned music by Aaron M. Gold, this new contemporary dance by Kristin Damrow will lead audiences through a mirror world eerily like our own.
Impact is the third evening-length work by choreographer Kristin Damrow, whose most recent dance, EAMES, based on the lives of iconic furniture designers Charles and Ray Eames, earned critical raves and a sold-out run at ODC Theater last January.
Like EAMES, Impact delves into the world of 20th-century modernism for inspiration. This time, to evoke the barren landscape of a future Earth ravaged by tribal divisions, Damrow turned to the Brutalist movement in architecture. Defined by its use of exposed concrete construction in often massive, hulking structures, Brutalism flourished for a period of about two decades from the 1950s through the early 1970s.
"I was really drawn to the epic nature of this architecture," said Damrow. "It's almost in awe of its own magnitude. But I was equally drawn to the rawness and honesty of its surfaces. These buildings came to be quickly associated with a set of egalitarian and socialist ideas that resonate with the world I'm trying to conjure in Impact."
"Over the last couple of years, especially, I've been inspired by movements for collective change to address a myriad of injustices, and in Impact we're exploring this dynamic through the abstraction of contemporary dance."
Impact features five principal dancers - Heather Arnett, Allegra Bautista, Shareen DeRyan, Anna Greenberg and Hien Huynh - together with 10 additional performers.