The San Diego Museum of Art's current exhibition, Dreams & Diversions, was the inspiration for the new dance performance, but rather than recreate scenes from one of the hundreds of Japanese woodblock prints in the exhibition, choreographer John Malashock used them as a stepping block for creating a new, contemporary, multi-faceted work that includes music by cellist Zoe Keating, costume design by the great Zandra Rhodes and video art by Tara knight.
For the choreography itself, Malashock chose to tell a story he knows well. From the moment guests walk into the Copley Auditorium at SDMA to see The Floating World, they'll be swept up and taken on a ride with a touring dance company. The narrative includes both the excitement of the performance itself and the tedious traveling and quiet moments in between. There may even be a few Black Swan -like moments of drama.
To learn more about The Floating World, push play. The music this week is by Keating, so enjoy.
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