Karole Armitage's On the Nature of Things

March 26, 2015 4:33 PM

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My first thought as I sat in in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History when dancer Medumi Eda appeared under the scale model of a female blue whale was simply: we are so small. We are relatively small creatures, of course, as the museum space's large displays continually remind us. Yet we have an environmental footprint so much larger than living beings many times our size. That is the story told behind and through Karole Armitage's latest piece, On the Nature of Things, currently running at the American Museum of Natural History.

Karole Armitage, and her company Armitage Gone! Dance, is known for its blend of styles of movement. Her dances have a characteristic style, which takes movement vocabularies from ballet, street vogueing, modern dance, and more. Even if you have never seen a formal piece of her work, Armitage's icon...

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