October 1-3, 2010. at The Lumberhaus, 1801 Falls Road.
Pluto Dances is about the process of science, the creation of facts, and the emotional attachment we develop to the distinction between true and false. For Pluto Dances, Effervescent returns to working with local musician Andrew B. Bernstein (Teeth Mountain, Dan Deacon Ensemble), who has created a complex score of drumming and strings to fuel the sextet of dancers. For head choreographer, Lily Susskind, the work is about how beautiful and bogus our belief in science can be, “Pluto wasn’t a planet until it was discovered in 1932. Named by a little girl in England. A new fact was generated. Pluto was the planet farthest from the sun; then, we discovered there are hundreds of other objects just like Pluto, hanging out where Pluto is. So we either have to change our definition of what a planet is, or we have to reclassify Pluto.” There is a different opening and closing band each night, as well as a short Pluto-inspired performance from local choreographer Caroline Marcantoni.