I spend my life looking for that stillpoint lurking in every human movement. I create sculpture based on jumping, leaping and twisting. Sculptural performers presenting, hopefully, that moment which tells the past, present and future of the sacrifice they make onstage. It got me to wondering about the endpoint, that final gesture with no future, the gesture that completes the last phrase.
For a while, it seemed dancers completed performances sprawling lifeless onstage as the curtain dropped. Skaters, too, collapsed in conclusion for a few seasons, prompting Dick Button to coin the term “Death on Ice.” Okay, the act of collapse declares the performer’s final exhaustion and places a lumpy punctuation on the performance, but it makes for terrible sculpture. Not the answer.
Then I studied curtain calls, mostly ballet, for the answer. There it was. The final courtesy--that salute of simultaneous fealty and triumph--rendered by a breathless performer, energy spent, yet somehow gaining back energy from the howling applause. That became my stillpoint, my Encore. It also became my new search. Now I seek to capture not just the stillpoint, but the energy inherent in the stillpoint.
Silverthorne Performing Arts Center Colorado
Medium: White Bronze or Carbon Fiber Composite
Height: 70 inches
Base: Steel mounting disk
Price: $29,945 carbon fiber