Dialogues is a work we commissioned and premiered in May 2017 and we are excited to perform it again for a new audience.
Check out the program notes:
In this increasingly digital world, people often lament the decline of human interactions, and fear that we as a society are losing our face-to-face communication skills. They may have a point, but I also believe that these communication skills vary greatly from person to person, and this does not necessarily have anything to do with the rise of digital communications. I perceived that this idea presented an interesting narrative for a piece. Each movement portrays my interpretation of several different ways in which people communicate with each other.
In Negotiation, a healthy, back-and-forth dialogue is portrayed in which each instrument listens and complements the other; Oblivious presents a scenario where one person is talking but the other isn’t listening (a breakfast table and newspaper could perhaps be imagined); Gaslighting illustrates the chilling situation where one person attempts to change the other’s reality and make them question their own sanity; in Confrontation we observe an argument where neither person is truly listening to the other, rather each is insistent on making their point heard; Bantering is a somewhat off-kilter, playful mixture of silly sounds and 'jokes'; Let me speak! conveys the irritating situation where one person constantly interrupts the other’s story; and finally in Smitten we observe a pair that is fully in sync with one another, complementing and listening respectfully with love and affection.