Collaborators: Musical Compilation and Composition: James Lo
Lighting Design: Jonathon Belcher
Costumes: Lucy Guerin
Incarnadine was originally performed at Dance Theatre Workshop in NYC in 1994 for the 30th Anniversary Season. It was later remounted at the DTW in 1996 in a double bill with Guerin’s new work,Venus Bay. Incarnadine toured to Australia in 1996 to Gasworks Arts Park and was praised by numerous critics before it went on to take first place in the Recontres Choreographique Internationales de Bagnolet competition in Paris, 1996.
Incarnadine explores the meeting of two contrasting elements and their attempts to absorb or repel each other. A rigorous unison duet and a cloying, yielding trio represent different approaches to dealing with emotion and relationships and how these boundaries are maintained or overstepped.
The starting point of Incarnadine was to see if two different dances could inhabit the same space: one relentless and unyielding, the other more expressive and mutually supportive. I was exploring two different ways of dealing with life or emotion, and trying to create a dialogue.
Guerin describes the work in the Village Voice, February 20th, 1996
Guerin makes bold, moody sensuous dances for women. And what women!
William Harris, Village Voice February 1996 New York City
Guerin's work has a refinement that abstract dance dance doesn't always possess
Gia Kourlas, Time Out New York
February 1996, New York City