Hive (2006)

(a vignette from “Dance Macabre II”)

This structured contact improv piece centers around the concepts of conformity and societal/ peer pressure. There is a catalyst dancer, a leader, who enmeshes the rest of the dancers as they mimic her, a horde of drone-like dancers, and two dancers who periodically try to “escape”, expressing some small degree of individuality, only to be absorbed back into the horde. Whether it be that the dancers who yearn for individuality succumb to others applying force to reabsorb them, or that they actually want to be reabsorbed due to an unwillingness to stand out, or a fear of lost identity if one strays too far from the herd…it is obvious that there is a highly repressive hive mentality and social organizational structure in place.