Sidra Bell returns to the CAC for the world premiere of her new work, MÖNSTER OUTSIDE, created in collaboration with innovative Swedish composer Per Störby, his critically acclaimed chamber ensemble New Tide Orquesta, and set designer Amy Rubin to develop a voyeuristic discourse about the nature of outliers in contemporary society.
Marrying dance, theater, chamber music, projection mapping, vocal scoring and scenic and lighting design, the work will locate and depict aspects of human joy and despair via the experience of the “outsider.” The title MÖNSTER OUTSIDE is a play on Swedish-English cognate irregularities; in Swedish, “mönster” translates as “patterns.”
This work will engage audiences in the process of deconstructing social structures that create outsiders in our society, those who live and operate outside of the norm. It comments on nature and its relationship to the pursuit of technology that causes dissonance and detachment from humanity. Onstage, the work will use a theatrical interplay of Sidra’s virtuosic movement vocabulary that references social and club sources with sound patterns by the New Tide Orquesta.
The work veers between playful and disturbing, as narrated by the band’s experimental vocalization. The piece will be performed in a multitiered stage arena of moving parts and screen filters designed by the dynamic design team Amith Chandrashaker and Amy Rubin.