Core Dance will return to the stage and a live audience with three performances of a new work called No Time to Lose this weekend at the B Complex. Audiences will be limited to 10 people for each performance; Friday’s show will be livestreamed at 8 p.m.
No Time to Lose was created during a 12-day period by 11 artists from the United States and Europe representing numerous disciplines. Their task was to mold a performance around the theme of the butterfly effect: Every action, no matter how small, can alter the course of the universe.
“It’s been a beautiful cross-pollination of ideas, how to work with urgency and allow ideas to bubble up,” says Sue Schroeder, Core Dance’s artistic director and cofounder. “We’re all getting to know each other through the creative process.”
The team of creators includes Core Dance’s four new company artists: Benji Stevenson, Shawny Evans / Humlao, Walter Apps and Iman Siferllah-Griffin, plus the troupe’s executive director, Elizabeth Labbe-Webb. They’re joined by Stephen Earnhart, a New York City-based filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist; Keith Hennessy, a San Francisco dancer and choreographer; Adam Larsen, a video projection designer who’s worked with Joni Mitchell and Janelle Monae; Christian Meyer, a Berlin-based composer who participated via Zoom; Kristin Moe, a San Francisco writer and multidisciplinary artist; and Marcus Montgomery, a poet based in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Schroeder says the intent was to bring together a group of artists from diverse backgrounds and challenge them to come together to create a cohesive work.
“During COVID, there’s been a lot of streaming and that’s not a place I relish working,” she says. “This is a way to get together to work and create. We’ve built a microcosm of a small community with a diverse group. Our thing is, ‘Let’s get to work and keep making work.’”
The artists involved have relished the opportunity. Some have not worked as part of a group for more than a year due to COVID restrictions. “Last March, my entire career essentially shut down,” says Hennessy.
Adds Labbe-Webb, “After a year of never leaving the house, being in the presence of other human beings is profound within itself.”
Because No Time to Lose has been created in the past two weeks, it’s been informed by emotions raised from the two most recent mass killings, first in metro Atlanta and then in Colorado. “It has affected us all,” says Earnhart. He attended a weekend rally and asked several participants to say a prayer for the victims, themselves or a troublemaker in their lives. He recorded them, and some of those meditations are folded into in the piece.
The year of COVID will also be a major influence. “The piece has an abstract bent to it, this past year has had an abstract bent to it,” says Larsen. “This is the first time I’ve been in a room with people in over a year. That’s been really meaningful, that’s been deep. We have an opportunity to redesign our world coming out of this, and a lot of people want a different world.”