Artist Susan Wick creates always-morphing alternative worlds as a matter of daily practice, and that’s what makes her so interesting. She never stops moving, and the results form an insular environment that’s purely an inside-out Wick vision and nobody else’s. Boulder choreographer Laura Ann Samuelson sees a little bit of herself in the Wick aesthetic, a quality she hopes will come to life during her commissioned dance tribute to the artist, Do Not Fear Ideas, Do Not Fear, Do Not Do Ideas.
“To me, she’s got a strong inner authority in terms of where things are coming from; she has a real trust in herself and in not knowing what’s going to happen, and that’s the part of her work that I relate to most deeply,” Samuelson says. “I am also non-linear and non-narrative as a dance artist, so I’m excited and totally nervous to do this. But at the same time, I struggle with how to actually pay tribute. I’m trying to figure out how to create a dance that speaks to that but is also true to the connection I feel with her, while also bringing the audience along to understand what I’m doing.”
Find out how the dance shakes out from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. December 17 and 18 at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th Street in Boulder. It’s also a great time to take in Wick’s own immersive show, Wild Women Never Get the Blues, also at the museum; it closes January 3. Admission for the performances is $8 (or free for BMoCA members); go to bmoca.org for details.
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