JOE

A collection of dances for Joe Laughlin to premiere in 2017/18

A collection of dances for Joe Laughlin to premiere in 2017/18

Silas 2016
Choreography by Amber Funk Barton

When I started creating this solo for Joe I was reading East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Without intending to, Steinbeck’s world of the Salinas Valley and in particular the character of Sam Hamilton crept into the room with us. I would share these images with Joe and he in turn shared with me his relationship to land; his brother’s ranch and his connection to his homeland of the prairies.

As we continued to work, my intention was not to make a literal interpretation of all this information but rather be inspired by it. One day as I watched him in rehearsal the name Silas popped into my mind. It stuck and thus became the title of this work.

New Joe Solo is a commission from Gioconda Barbuto November 2016

A 3 Waltz is a work in progress, choreographed by Joe Laughlin for himself and Heather Dotto.

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PHOTO CREDITS: MICHAEL SLOBODIAN

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