Beth Corning has always been interested in exploring new territory with her dances, incorporating diverse theatrical forms seamlessly blended into her choreographic vocabulary. At Once There Was a House was created with the company in 2004 and demands of the dancers to develop characters through spoken text, in addition to very specific physicalities. The work references the era of “Dick and Jane” (iconic characters from the teach-children-to-read books popular in the 1950s and 60s) a time when things seemed more simple — the perfect childhood, the perfect parent, perfect happiness. Corning’s At Once There Was a House asks “Whatever happened to Dick and Jane?” now no longer children – but the grown product of those “perfect childhoods,” it asks us to take a look under the surface of our stereotypes, into the deeper narratives we know are there in all our lives. We experience the dark and sometimes humorous interior world Corning reveals in wonderfully varied and unexpected ways.
For GroundWorks, 2016 was a year filled with extraordinary creative opportunities including three live music collaborations within the production and presentation of an amazing range of groundbreaking work. From the creation of “Shadowbox” as part
"Aren't they just marvelous?" Beth Corning asked, referring to our dancers during a recent rehearsal for "At Once There Was a House," her groundbreaking work which will enjoy a reprisal during our Fall Dance Series (the
Renowned choreographer Beth Corning returns to GroundWorks to reprise her groundbreaking work, “At Once There Was a House,” which first debuted at GWDT more than a decade ago. We are thrilled to have Beth back