You say you've never heard of dancing "in response to sculpture"? Most would ask, "Why?" Lovice Weller of Minneapolis asks, "Why not?" Acknowledged or unacknowledged, the free-lance dancer and choreographer will perform "Place," a fantastical tale of a traveler happening upon a Place of Mystery, in response to Margo Schnitzer de Neuhaus' site-specific sculpture "Life Cycles," now displayed near the parking lot of Glen Echo Park. The performance, Saturday afternoon at 3, is expected to last 30 minutes, and it is free.
Weller developed her dance for the sculpture three years ago, and she has since changed its content. It is now set to the disparate sounds of Czech folk music, Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" and a cut from Brian Eno's album "Apollo." When de Neuhaus went to Minnesota to see Weller perform, Weller found that "the kinds of symbols that spoke to me also spoke to her."
"My own work," she explains, "uses a kind of language of expanded gestures." The dance will take place around the 12-foot-square sculpture, which is constructed of cedar logs. Thirty minutes is a long performance for one person, Weller says, although it is more tiring mentally than physically -- some of the work is acted instead of danced.