// Saturday, March 14, 7:30 pm //
Charles Atlas: Dance! Dance! Dance!
“Ex-Romance”, 1987 (48 min)
“Hail the New Puritan”, 1985 (84 min)
Human Resources presents a night of Charles Atlas’ two most well known dance-narratives. In Ex-Romance, Atlas’ fascination with “narrative, psychology, dance, and flights of fantasy,” is manifested in this dynamic videodance musical. Here the postmodern choreography of Karole Armitage is performed by Armitage, Michael Clark and others to American pop and Latin music. Framed and interrupted by the ironic observations of two parodic “public television” commentators, the dancers play fictionalized versions of themselves in a wry tale of contemporary romance, in which the dance literally and metaphorically advances the narrative. Hail the New Puritan is a simulated day-in-the-life of British dance celebrity/choreographer Michael Clark. Atlas’ fictive portrait of the charismatic choreographer serves as a vivid invocation of the studied decadence of the 1980s post-punk London subculture. Contriving a faux cinema-verite format in which to stage his stylized fiction, Atlas seamlessly integrates Clark’s extraordinary dance performances into the docu-narrative flow. Focusing on Clark’s flamboyantly postured eroticism and the artifice of his provocative balletic performances, Atlas posits the dance as a physical manifestation of Clark’s psychology.