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Ririe works focus on relationships

New collaborative piece takes a look at human detachments

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Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company artistic director Charlotte Boye-Christensen thinks a lot about communication and believes that technology, while it has its benefits, is taking something away from human interaction.

"It's so easy to text or e-mail someone," she said. "But we lose part of what people are saying because we don't hear the nuances and inflections of the voices."

Boye-Christensen said that detachment is, in part, why people are so aggressive these days.

"At least to me and my observations, people seem to be more violent," she said. "There is almost a desperation of reaching out, but we are losing our sense of how to do that because we can just text and e-mail. We long for that interaction with a human being and it's not there and people are missing something and feel it."

Her new work, called "Interiors," is a collaboration with local artist Trent Call, and it addresses the detachment between human beings.

"Detachment leads to desperate measures," she said. "And people try to break through the detachment but don't know how, and they feel that the only way they can reach out is through aggression."

Boye-Christensen was referred to Call through a mutual friend.

"My friend knew that I was looking for an artist to work with, whom I haven't worked with before," said Boye-Christensen. "So she got me in touch with Trent."

Boye-Christensen said she was drawn to Call's art because of how it touched her on different levels. "When someone creates something from deep within, it resonates true," she said. "That's what happened when I saw his art. If someone starts to plagiarize or copy others, the art doesn't ring true. But his did."

The two began their collaboration and used the desert as a starting point.

"The desert is pure and outside," said Boye-Christensen. "We show the desert and then throughout the work, the images and dancing starts to turn in on itself."

From the desert, the piece moves into dark and sterile landscapes and movements, she said. "It becomes closed in and suffocating. And in some cases, urban."

Call said he and Boye-Christensen met and had a couple of discussions about the project.

"Out of those discussions, the project became what it is today," Call said.

Collaborations for Call are always a challenge, he said. "I usually work alone at the easel. And it's quite an experience working with another artist, let alone an artist from another form of art."

Call said he was able to watch a lot of Boye-Christensen's choreography before he started on his part of the project.

"It was interesting to see how a dance is made," he said. "I haven't seen a lot of dance, and it was interesting to see just how much work is put into it. I mean, you always know there is a lot of work, but seeing it in the process was eye-opening."

Call said he was glad to be working with video in parts of the production. "I have made short films in the past, but this one is more like a moving piece of texture. And it is made to be part of a collaboration. And I was inspired a lot from the dancing. It was a good collaborative relationship."

Relationships is the theme that seems to be the focus on the repertoire for this production. Along with the new work, Boye-Christensen is revisiting last year's "Lost," a work she collaborated with on four Hispanic gang-members-turned-artists; "The Visit," about a visit to a mental hospital; "Bridge," inspired by the Shakers' religion; and excerpts from "Chairs Basically."

"Dance is an art form where people can interpret a work any way they want or can," said Boye-Christensen. "It all depends on a person's experience. And as dancers and choreographers, we bring up issues in a way that enhances lives."

If you go

What: Interiors, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

Where: Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South

When: Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; also Saturday and Dec. 14, 2 p.m.

How much: $20

Phone: 355-2787, 888-451-2787

Web: www.arttix.org

E-mail: scott@desnews.com