Clockwork Dances Revealing Our Human Flaws

Garrett + Moulton kick off their 15th season with three world premieres including a new ball passing piece

Garrett + Moulton kick off their 15th season with three world premieres including a new ball passing piece (Photo: Courtesy of Garrett + Moulton)

Before reading another word, watch the video at the bottom of this post. It’s the best way to understand the work of Garrett + Moulton, the dance making duo kicking off their 15th anniversary season. Now that you’ve seen the video, you realize what fun Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton have had all these years making these complex ball-passing pieces that are part-dance, part-puzzle. Moulton says the inspiration came partly from his love of novelty numbers from the days when his father and grandfather were in vaudeville. And the ball passing, he said, is a pretty good metaphor for life. “If you drop a ball, you drop a ball, and it usually falls very inconveniently on someone else’s head,” he said after a rehearsal a few days ago. “When that happens, you’re as honest as you’re ever going to be are about yourself. When you don’t look so good. And because of that, the piece has a sense of humanity. It’s fun, but it also speaks to the futility of the human condition.”

Garrett + Moulton’s 15th anniversary season kicks off with a new ball passing piece and two other world premieres. Details here

Clockwork Dances Revealing Our Human Flaws 6 December,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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