AROVA to mix dance and water in ‘DRENCHED’

“DRENCHED.” Photo by Bob Morrison.

Water will be an integral part of AROVA Contemporary Ballet‘s “DRENCHED” this weekend at The Dance Foundation. The program will feature “DRENCHED” by Ashley McQueen, artistic director of Smashworks Dance Collective in New York City, and “Hiareth” by Austin-based choreographer Amy Morrow.

“ ‘DRENCHED’ came from my personal experience with big life changes,” says McQueen of the 2015 work which premiered in St. Louis. “During the initial process I chose to uproot my life and relocate to New York City. This work explores the anxiety that comes with uncertainty, the evolution of close relationships and the acceptance of new beginnings.”

She describes the movement style of piece as a “fusion of intense, physical floor work complemented by softer, more classical moments.”

In “DRENCHED,” dancers move through and with water on stage. McQueen says that the water represents possibility, pain and reveals “the messiness that can come with finding courage.” She adds that audience members in the front row might feel a little splash. The work will be performed to music by Stephan Moccio, Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm.

Amy Morrow’s “Hiareth” takes its title from a Welsh word which conveys a sense of longing for home, though it doesn’t have a direct English translation. The piece debuted in 2016 in Dallas as will be performed to a score which includes clips of spoken word and excerpts of music including Chopin, Billie Holiday and Johnny Cash.

‘DRENCHED’

Oct. 20, 21 at 7:30 pm

Oct. 22 at 2:30 pm

The Dance Foundation, 1715 27th Court S., Homewood 35209

Tickets: $20 online, $25 at door, $10 for students with valid student ID. Purchase here.