Everyday, billions of people in America and around the world wake up and start their daily rituals to eventually end up at work. Preparing for work can entail so many details, but for most it involves both mental preparation and some kind of physical preparation, whether it’s getting into office-appropriate clothing or physically traveling to one’s place of work.
These work-related actions, often small and unconscious, have now been reimagined in a work of dance choreographed by Dana Gingras and performed by The Holy Body Tattoo, a Canadian contemporary dance company. “It's the accumulation on a smaller scale of all these everyday actions and how we come together to make things happen and work. That is monumental to me,” says Gingras.
The Holy Body Tattoo’s piece, monumental, is having its American premiere at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival this weekend, described as a “full-bodied indictment of the daily grind.” The dance was also inspired by photographer Robert Longo’s Men in the Cities series, which depicted men and women in business attire in spasmodic movement. It is accompanied by post-rock band Godspeed You! Black Emperor, which plays a tension-filled and upbeat score, while text from artist Jenny Holzer’s Living is projected behind the dancers during climactic scenes.