DANCE— MORIAH EVANS
An interest in disobedient bodies notwithstanding, for Moriah Evans dance emerges through rigorous choreographic structures. Her most recent piece, Social Dance, was presented at ISSUE Project Room earlier this year.
Moriah Evans’s Social Dance 1- 8: Index premiered last January at ISSUE Project Room, where she developed the piece over the previous year in our beaux- arts theater. The relationship to the architecture is not insignificant, as the series of forty-five dance steps that created the basis for the choreography were drawn from the patterning and ratios of the theater. As in Evans’s previous work, the relationship between structure and the performing body form the conceptual armature of Social Dance. Not having a formal background in choreography myself, I feel like I am constantly approaching dance through other ideas, through thinking about other forms and disciplines. There is something in Evans’s work that lends itself to this type of inquiry. After watching the piece develop over the last year and having countless conversations along the way, we sat down a few months after the run’s conclusion to speak about her work.