Making of (serious)


Languor and sexual tension hinted at a dystopian world—the dancers in slacks and dress shirts were like young business professionals cracking up under pressure. In (serious) . . . rare moments of stillness came like breeze in an airless room.
-Santa Barbara Independent

Dressed anonymously alike in oxford shirts and slacks (costumes by Sandra Woodall), the three barely acknowledged one another even when together. Perry, a wiry and lightning fast dancer, was odd man out initially, while DaSilva and Hartley shared an emotionless duet. The final section tied it and them together, with the three dancers facing one another in a triangle. They launched into a pas de trois of magnetic attraction and opposing, repellent force. In a last graceful gesture, DaSilva leapt high into their arms and they stood sculpture-like and precarious, a clump of humanity.
-Los Angeles Times

Audience members can see the music, hear the dancers and occasionally feel it under our own skin.
-Los Angeles Times

The dancers left the comfort of unison poses with a jerk, but then inevitably returned to the collective. Rat-a-tat-tat robotic phrases ended in unwary stillness.
-Los Angeles Times

McIntyre's approach to dance is ingrained in classical technique and movement, but (with (serious)) he is moving into new territory.
-Idaho Statesman


Henry Cowell


Running Time: 14 minutes
Premiered: Feb. 24, 2009 for White Bird, Portland, OR


Costume Design: Sandra Woodall
Lighting Design: Travis C. Richardson


(serious) was commissioned by White Bird of Portland, OR and was underwritten by Camile Beckman of Eagle, ID. 

(serious) is funded by New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project (NDP), with additional support by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the MetLife Community Connection Fund of the MetLife Foundation.

Additional support provided by the Nation Endowment for the Arts