Brightly Lit Box (1989)

Arthur Avilés uses juxtaposition as a choreographic structure for the movement in The Brightly Lit Box (1989). Performed by Avilés and Lisa Race, the dancers engage in simple movement phrases set in contrast to a complex percussive composition by John Bergamo. Avilés runs, jumps, and rolls, while Race kicks, spins, and bends, forming an asymmetry to each other across time and space. There are moments when both dancers reflect each other's vocabulary, not as a duet, but as a conversation of movement. While the movements in the dance are fairly similar, Avilés is interested in how the choreographic structure plays out on differently gendered bodies, specifically the juxtaposition of male/female and the politics of such binaries in dance.


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Additional Info

  • Title: Brightly Lit Box
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 0:10:42
  • Language: English
  • Date: 21 Oct 1989
  • Location: Dia Art Foundation, New York, NY, USA
  • Type-Format: performance, dance
  • Cast: Arthur Avilés, dancer ; Lisa Race, dancer.
  • Credits: Arthur Avilés, choreographer ; Arthur Avilés, costume designer ; John Bergamo, composer.