Brilliant Alarm was originally commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2017, in response to: “Why Citizenship?”, the underlying question behind YBCA’s inaugural Transform Fest. With an eye to recurring cycles in history – reverence for intellectual prowess followed by a blinding fear of intellectual thought – the piece asks: “when we’re trapped in the cycle, what does it mean to be an informed and engaged citizen?” Drawing on global politics from WWII, the Spanish Civil War, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and more, RAWdance revisited Brilliant Alarm for the company’s 15th Anniversary season, also at YBCA’s Forum in 2019. Comprised of five performers and several hundred blue-toned hardcover books, the final iteration was viewed from two sides.
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Press & Accolades
“What looked like half a library of books gave the ensemble props which could be read, stacked, thrown, redistributed, hogged and used as stepping stones. They gave the show its grand opening in a serpentine set up that, with the touch of a finger, made you an instant believer in the proverbial domino effect. The dancers later repeated that serial fall – with less fun. With ‘Brilliant’ RAWdance gave itself another fine vehicle for intelligent and convincing choreography.”Rita Felciano, Dance View Times