Powered by humans and sun, the music is acoustic, the dancing is live, and the lighting “design” is by the sky. This semi-composed improvisation from sunrise to sunset is directed by Loren Groenendaal. The large ensemble explores natural rhythms while expanding our senses of art, time, and humanity.
$50 / 786 minutes (full day)
$15 / 180 minutes (partial day)
Note: Run time is 13 hours and 6 minutes (sunrise to sunset). Audience is free to come and go with full-day tickets or to buy partial-day tickets for a portion of the day. Partial-day tickets are available for time slots beginning at 6:42am, 11am, 2pm + 5pm. Show concludes at 7:48pm.
Vervet Dance Artistic Director Loren Groenendaal was born in central Pennsylvania and raised on rural wooded mountains. Her childhood in this natural environment and her belief that humans are part of nature, informs her aesthetic and fuels In the Light. Loren’s work investigates the community-building possibilities of live art, the spectrum between improvisation and composition, and dares to blur the lines between ritual and performance. She has a pattern of making dances about the patterns in nature. She is a proponent of complexity, adaptability, resilience, curiosity, and empathy. Her work is collaborative and structured, but open in what she has coined as “semi-composed.” This allows for the creative intentions of both herself and her cast to come through as fresh art revealed in the moment.
Vervet Dance’s In the Light expands the duration of a typical performance into an astonishing length allowing for a deep exploration of rhythm within ourselves, nature, and our community. This long-form composition from sunrise to sunset is directed by Loren Groenendaal and broadens our senses of art, time, and humanity. The ensemble builds the composition from improvised movement and sound, enlisting repeating and patterned forms while recognizing there is no true repetition, shifting gradually and dramatically. While moving and sounding with breath, sensation, and awareness, the performers are composing in the moment and discovering new artistic territory. Powered by humans and the sun, the music is acoustic, the dancing is live, and the lighting “design” is by the sky. The cast’s awareness of time passing is experienced through changes in the sunlight; they rest and eat when their bodies desire. Unlike most performances, the resting is not hidden from the audience as the ensemble is encouraged to rest in the performance area creating a radical aesthetic that values action and recuperation. The audience may arrive, leave, and even return at any time in our day-long performance. In the Light has “wonderfully ambiguous roles of dancer/musicians” as Beau Hancock of thINKingDance noticed in “Boing!” This show also includes a performative photographer.
The artists for the fall In the Light include Alpha_Alpha, Erica Corbo, Michael Bradford Forbes, Loren Groenendaal, Curt Haworth, Jen Kertis-Veit, Katherine Kiefer Stark, Eliot Klein, Chloe Marie Newton, Connor Przybyszewski, Mick Ricereto, Jenny Roe Sawyer, Margot Electra Steinberg, Michele Tantoco, Andy Thierauf, Schuyler Thum, and Mauri Walton. Prior to In The Light, Loren has been actively creating, curating, and presenting work in Philadelphia and beyond since 2003. She has self and co-produced concerts and concert series of “colorFULL,” “Fresh Juice,” “Making the Rounds,” “Semi-Composed,” and “The H-O-T Series of Philadelphia.”