Kuntz and Company’s ‘Dialog(s)’

“Dialog(s)” is a physical conversation. Community members are invited to initiate a connection with a seated individual by raising an eyebrow or a hand or wiggling their ears. “Dialog(s)” is part of  “Emerging Suite,” a trio of community dance pieces conceived by Pam Kuntz, Artistic Director of Kuntz and Company, exploring the healing power of movement and what it means to move together.

The inspiration for “Emerging Suite” came when Kuntz was invited by Hafthor Yngvason, director of Western Washington University’s Western Gallery, to create a work for the “Skyviewing” sculpture by the late Isamu Noguchi. (The Western Gallery will be holding a Noguchi Symposium October 23-24.)

Kuntz imagines “Passage” as a slow and intentional walk that will proceed through the sculpture on at least one occasion. “Murmuration” is the third piece of the puzzle and serves as a celebration of community togetherness. Aside from the iconic Noguchi sculpture itself, which seems to ascend from the bricks at Western's Red Square, Kuntz cites Butoh (Japanese dance theater), performance artist Marina Abromovic, and Canadian dance company Kaeja d’Dance’s “Flock Landing” as inspirations for her latest project.