Abominable (Current Work)

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Abominable

Premieres 20–22 Oct. 2017 at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, OR.

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Abominable is a new dance-theater work for two performers. Drawing on the medieval Scandinavian imaginary and its lineage of famed heroes, Abominable creates a context for examining the monstrosity of heroism as well as the (self-)destructive logic of heroic consciousness, which continues to haunt white masculinity to this day. Through movement, recitation, costuming, and a dynamic set, the protagonist of Abominable enters an obscure relationship with his other-than-human shadow, all the while manifesting a “fallen virtuosity” in which the desire for individual ascendance degrades the very ground beneath his feet.


Direction, choreography, and sound design by Taylor Eggan

Set and costume design by Daniel Addy

Lighting design by Dora Gaskill

Performed by Eggan and Addy


Abominable premieres 20–22 October 2017 at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center:

Friday, 20 October @ 8 pm

Saturday, 21 October @ 6 pm + 8:30 pm

Sunday, 22 October @ 8 pm

Tickets: $20 ($16 for students/artists) in advance; $20 at the door

Seating is limited. Please purchase tickets early!

Supported in part by a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

 
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Taylor Eggan began dancing at Carleton College in Minnesota. In 2008 he moved to Portland, where he has performed in new work by such local luminaries as Gregg Bielemeier and Mary Oslund. He has also worked closely with the Portland-based architectural dance company, POV Dance (Mandy Cregan and Noel Plemmons, co-artistic directors), performing in The Ford Building Project (2010), 3x3 (2014), and In My Own Space (2016). Most recently, he performed in FaultLine Dance Company’s In Circadia (2017), directed and choreographed by Eliza Larson. During his time in the Pacific Northwest, Taylor has also presented original work, including an evening-length performance, Tinnitus, developed in collaboration with Sara Naegelin and Leah Wilmoth.

In addition to his artistic practice, Taylor is also a scholar. He recently completed his PhD in literature at Princeton University, where he specialized in African literatures, global modernisms, and environmental philosophy. Soon after completing his graduate studies, Taylor founded a new blog, The Exploded View, which focuses on world literature in translation. In January, he will begin teaching in the graduate program for critical studies at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Maintaining the body–mind balance of a dancer–scholar proves challenging, stimulating, and, ultimately, vital.

Daniel Addy began dancing in Portland shortly after he relocated to the Pacific Northwest from Cleveland, Ohio. From 1996 to 2009, Daniel enjoyed a dynamic performance career. During those years, he danced as a company member in aero/betty, Tahni Holt’s Monster Squad, and Mary Oslund’s Oslund+Co./Dance, and he also performed in numerous works by local choreographers such as Tracy Broyles, Suniti Dernovsek, Dawn Joella Jackson, and Linda K. Johnson. In 2001, Daniel founded AVIATORaerialdance, for which he served as artistic director and choreographer until 2006.

From the earliest days of his work as a dancer, Daniel has also had a penchant for performance-oriented design. As a choreographer for aero/betty and artistic director of AVIATOR he created numerous apparatus for aerial performances. Over the years, he also designed unique miniature worlds for the seven Tiny Dances he choreographed and performed. Even after putting his dancing on hold to train as a massage therapist, Daniel has continued his work as a designer. He created a projection-based performance environment as part of an Alembic residency at Performance Works NorthWest in 2009. He has also contributed design elements to numerous works such as Tahni Holt’s Culture Machine (2010) and Sun$hine (2012) and Suniti Dernovsek’s Leading Light (2015).

Dora Gaskill is a performance artist, movement educator, and lighting designer residing Portland, Oregon, where she investigates the body and its relationship to image, language, memory, and story. She holds an MFA in Choreography from Roehampton University (2009) and an MA in Literature from the Bread Loaf School of English (2015). In the last year, Dora has been honored to collaborate with Stephanie Lavon Trotter and Nancy Ellis, to be in the ensemble cast of Linda Austin's (Un)made You, to present work as a New Expressive Work resident artist, and to perform in Bouchra Ouizguen's Corbeaux at PICA's 2017 Time-Based Arts Festival. Dora is committed to supporting other artists and deepening her movement practice through the Body-Mind Centering Somatic Movement Education program while she develops as a teacher of somatics and yoga.