The Sun Road was commissioned by Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. Additional underwriting support is provided by The MAP fund, a program of Creative Capital, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Additional funding provided by PA Presenters.
It was a very interesting challenge, creating a work about a place…especially one I had never been to before. My only limitations were that I had to film the dancers in the park, and then use that footage as a projection during the live performance. I didn’t choreograph any of the content ahead of time. It was important to me that that we not simply transport choreography into a novel space, but rather collaborate with that space once we were there. I started by selecting four locations that would support what I was trying to achieve with the film. We were very lucky that each location provided perfect weather conditions each day. The section with the four men with the wind, for example, was incredibly sunny and the winds were at their max. There was no way to anticipate choreography for that space, so I provided a framework for the men to work within and described the overall picture, then they all improvised together and I would give them feedback. This was one of the days that I was actually operating a camera, getting in with the dancers. In this instance, the camera operates as a participant, interacting with the dancers, making the viewer a part of the dance.