photo: Eden Frangipane

photo: Eden Frangipane

“Upon first listen," Bouldin says, "the enormity of "Concordanza" was intimidating, which is why I chose it. The rich moments of the transcendental harmony juxtaposed by the sometimes abrasive outbursts and unpredictable shifts and swells in the music put me in mind of the murmurations of starlings—the way hundreds of creatures take flight to form liquidlike masses that morph in shape and size as they travel in near perfect harmony, seemingly of one mind. 

And yet these same birds, when alone or in smaller groupings, possess a playful erraticism of sharp and delicate movements that provide a marvelous contrast to the fluidity of the mass formations. 

These images became the point of departure for my choreographic process—not to create a dance “about” birds, but rather to take what we observe of their nature and use it to interpret the vast landscape of “Concordanza.’”