April 2020 – Commissioned by The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, The Chandelier was originally slated to premiere this spring, but postponed due to the pandemic. Illuminating the Chandelier acted as a precursor to the live performance.

Adapted to address social distancing circumstances during the Covid-19 pandemic, Illuminating The Chandelier explored a new language of intimacy as people rely on technology to connect to the arts and each other. We used innovative methods to piece together movement phrases from the cast’s homes into one cohesive performance. The work featured dancers, musicians, composers and designers working collaboratively from afar to create a fully immersive show that audiences around the world enjoyed!

Both works are based on the novel The Chandelier by Brazilian author Clarice Lispector, a tragic coming-of-age story told from a young girl’s perspective. Illuminating the Chandelier focused specifically on the interior monologue of a woman in isolation, with dissociated and dreamlike feelings, who has trouble connecting to the world around her.

Through layers of imagery and acts of repetition, the work explored the contrasting ideas of impermanence and the irrevocable, especially in the context of what we as a society are all going through in this moment.