Beyond the Normal Sledding Hill is about the misbegotten excursion of two platonic lovers as they look for the perfect hill for sledding. The piece examines inter-personal dynamics against the backdrop of a wintry landscape. At times humorous, others quietly disastrous, a simple and thoughtful duet unfolds. The sledders, Will Rawls and Katie Workum navigate both their relationship and a trek through the crushing yet sublime snow and cold. The dance vocabulary ranges from highly physical and technical to pedestrian: the flailing arms of a snow angel are valued as much as the clean line of port de bras. This is a re-imagined nature walk, where they put their physical and emotional survival skills to the test.
Created and performed by by Katie Workum and Will Rawls
Scenic elements by Virginia Poundstone
Sound design by Will Rawls
Lighting Design by Janusz Jawowski
Performed at The Gershwin Hotel and PS 122 2004