Toronto November , In the intellectually playful world of Christopher House, dance is usually just one of many ideas. House regularly wraps his full-length works in layers of text and theatrical imagery to express a very catholic curiosity about history, science, art and life. The piece opens to a stage stripped down to bare wings and back. Their silvery coldness is a contrast to the warmth of the frequently nude or semi-nude performers.
There's a blind pianist and a misshapen butler, a plague of maggots and a runaway bat, a wild dog that chews its victim to death, and several murders by stabbing. Selavy's Magic Theater. She hadn't intended to get involved in theater. Then I studied modern dance.
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House told the dancers that it would require some nudity. I wanted the naked body to evoke strength, vulnerability, sensuality, discomfort or delight. By phone from Toronto, Jessica Runge and Sean Ling, who will dance nude when "Sly Verb" plays at the Joyce Theater starting Tuesday, explained some of the ways they deal with the challenges of stripping for work. Runge, 34, said. Ling, 33, didn't need convincing: "The way he talked about it, I thought it was a great idea. I didn't see it as erotic. At my age, Im not so self-conscious. Runge said she did not diet or make other special preparations, partly because of the distance a theater as opposed to a workshop setting provides: "You assume you're far enough away from the audience, and that they will be focusing on the more general image.