Unraveled employs interactive media, string, and projections to explore movement and linearity. A sensor captures body movement, deconstructs it and re-projects it in elemental form, bereft of race, class, gender or nation, and often mixing bodies until the boundaries between people are no longer distinct. The performance explores the ephemeral, impermanent nature of dance, finding areas of permanence by using thousands of yards of string to record the performers’ motion. The room thus captures the residue of their movement over time in physical space.
The performers draw upon ancient but timeless themes: Fibers, threads, and narratives of weaving found in ancient Greek myths provided a means for women to control their environment, challenge the gods, measure life, save heroes, and even speak. Archetypal figures such as Penelope, Arachne, Ariadne, and the three Fates used string and thread, exploring themes of unraveling life and fate that have relevance across the centuries.