Michelle Boulé’ premieres “The Monomyth”
May 17-20, 24-27 at 8:00pm
Chocolate Factory Theater
Following the trajectory of the soloist (Boulé) across precarious encounters with isolation and ritual identification, The Monomyth illuminates the emotional and choreographic transformation of the feminine/feminist hero, reimagining Joseph Campbell’s concept of myth-making as a “challengingly persistent suggestion of more remaining to be experienced than will ever be known or told.” Boulé’s solo relies on an exquisite somatic alchemy to metabolize these shamanic narratives, the slow burn of disco and environmental sound fragments to conjure an ancient, yet intimate, consciousness in the present.
The Monomyth features Choreography and Performance by Michelle Boulé, Sound Design by Curtis Tamm, Lighting Design by Natalie Robin, and Costume Design by Stacey Berman. Assistant: Bryn Hlava. Choreographic Advisor: Jeanine Durning.
“My work begins with the body—the information it holds and conveys and how this
relates to our cultural landscape. I research eastern and western views on somatics,
healing and the physical expression of consciousness and aim to transmit this profound
and at times esoteric knowledge of the body into the space and time of performance. The
dances I make, for the stage and alternative spaces, often explore the power and mystery
of the feminine, a deep investigation of physicality, and a penchant for humor and subtle
upending of perspective. Ultimately, I aspire to give meaning to movement and the body,
as a reminder and a space for the potential of what and who we are.”
The Monomyth was commissioned by The Chocolate Factory Theater with support from the
Jerome Foundation. The Monomyth received additional commissioning support from the Lower
Manhattan Cultural Council and was developed as part of LMCC’s Extended Life Dance
Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This
project received financial, administrative and residency support from Gibney Dance’s boo-koo
Artist Residency program. Additional support was provided by a New York Foundation for the
Arts Choreography Fellowship; Cloud Prize; Lighthouse Works; residencies at collective
address, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts; and by the
generosity of Michelle Boulé’s Leadership Circle and individual donors.