Dancers: Andrea Yorita and Zachary Kapeluck
Choreography: Penny Saunders
Music: Michael Wall
Videography: Tara Keating
Video Editing: Pablo Piantino
Choreographer’s Note: During this pandemic, our sense of control over our lives has been shaken. This prolonged feeling of uncertainty at home can be an unfortunate recipe for increased abuse and oppression for those with preexisting inequities. “Brown Eyes” attempts to go behind closed doors to give us a glimpse of an intimate relationship with an ever shifting and unfair balance of power.
This excerpt will eventually become part of a larger work for film with the artists of BalletX, that will attempt to unravel the archetype of the American cowboy. My hope is to display how this glorified image, that is so ingrained in our North American culture, has been (and still is) a perpetuating factor in messages of racism, patriarchy, homophobia, xenophobia, and gun violence.
Originally premiered by BalletX on June 14 as a Works & Process at the Guggenheim Virtual Commission.
Co-Presented by Works & Process at the Guggenheim, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Vail Dance Festival, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Grand Rapids Ballet.
This virtual commission was made possible through lead support from the Wyncote Foundation, at the recommendation of Leonard C. Haas, in addition to the National Endowment for the Arts, Anne M. & Philip H. Glatfelter, III Family Foundation, Joslyn Ewart, Arthur M. Kaplan & R. Duane Perry, Eugene Lefevre & Deborah Boardman, Mary Kirson & Bob Bierman, Joan DeJean, and The Charles & Joan Gross Family Foundation.
Learn more at https://www.balletx.org