Palm Beach Post | 9:34 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 | Filed in: Central PBC
Demetrius Klein is back on the local dance scene after five years in his native Ohio and it’s almost like he never left.
He’s still putting on modern, original performances in unexpected spaces and creating works that nobody else but the acclaimed, award-winning choreographer would dream of.
Demetrius Klein performs works to the music of Elbow. Sarah Hollywood performs in Demetrius Klein’s new work. (Brian Padgett/Contributed)
This weekend, on Friday and Saturday night, he’s presenting his new work “Elbow” with his nine-member dance troupe at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in West Palm Beach. It’s called “Elbow” because the choreography is set to the music of the English alt-rock band’s 2011 album, “Build A Rocket, Boys!”
“I’ve been listening to Elbow’s album since its release several years ago,” Klein explains in a press release. “I’d already created two works to two of the songs and I thought, wouldn’t it be great to complete the other eight songs? The album functions like a score, not thematically, but the music has an arc to it … a sense of completeness.”
Klein, who began performing here in the 1980s and labels his work “hardcore modern dance,” says the new work is about partnering that is “not romantic in nature. It’s more about help, trust, and support.”
If you’ve seen Klein’s previous works — which have drawn him fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts as well as MacArthur Foundation grants — then you know that he tells more with movement, music and imagery than he often does with words.
Adding to the imagery in “Elbow” will be prints by Japanese folk artist Sadao Watanabe, which are on display through December in the church’s so-called Great Big Room, where Klein’s performance will be presented.
IF YOU GO
“Elbow” by the Demetrius Klein Dance Company
When: 8 p.m., Dec. 4 and Dec. 5
Where: Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1300 S. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach
Tickets: $20 ($10 for students with ID and seniors).
Information: 561-758-8726, or dkdcdiyprojects.org