Premiered at Dance Theatre Workshop, New York, US, 25 November, 1994.
Incarnadine was originally performed in 1994 at Dance Theatre Workshop in New York City in 1994 for their 30th Anniversary Season. It was later remounted at DTW in 1996 as a double bill with Guerin’s new work,Venus Bay. Incarnadine toured to Australia in 1996, performed at Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne. It was praised by numerous critics and went on to take first place in the Recontres Choreographique Internationales de Bagnolet competition in Paris, that same year.
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.”
(Lucy Guerin described the work in the Village Voice, 20 February, 1996)
“Guerin makes bold, moody sensuous dances for women. And what women!”
WILLIAM HARRIS, VILLAGE VOICE, FEBRUARY 1996, NEW YORK
“Guerin’s work has a refinement that abstract dance doesn’t always possess”
GIA KOURLAS, TIME OUT NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 1996, NEW YORK