A kaleidoscopic new dance piece which features Angelle Hebert’s distinctive choreography, Normal and Happy is punctuated with rhythmic, fitful gestures; inhuman, creaturely movement; and a tense, awkward physicality. The work explores an individual’s psyche, investigating the blurred division between one’s conscious and subconscious mind. Phillip Kraft’s original score, incorporating raw noise and resonant live vocalization, singing and instrumentation, completes this journey through an abstract world of reflected thoughts and images.
Portland-based company tEEth, founded by Angelle Hebert and Phillip Kraft in 2006, developed out of an ongoing artistic collaboration spanning seven years. After settling in Portland in the fall of 2002, Hebert and Kraft immediately immersed themselves in local performance art, presenting two full productions: Abracadaver in March 2005 and Benumbed in April 2006. In addition, they have created works for Ten Tiny Dances, Linda Austin’s Richard Foreman Festival & Cabaret, 2Gyrlz Enteractive Language Festival, and Conduit’s 10th Anniversary Gala. Their most recent work was presented at On the Boards in Seattle as part of the Northwest New Works Festival in June of 2007.
Normal and Happy is funded in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council and Work for Art.