Jennifer Sherburn’s Eleven Eleven: 02
Bold new dance series continues its planned 11-month reign of beauty
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
1:00PM, Wed. Dec. 7, 2016
Maybe you remember when Austin’s Jennifer Sherburn did that incredible thing with a troupe of dancers and a cadre of excellent chefs over a series of nights at an equestrian dressage ranch out in the Texas Hill Country? You’d remember it because you were there, or because you read this segmented report of the action.
Or maybe you remember when that same Sherburn did that other incredible thing, later, with a troupe of dancers and several ropes in a tree-shaded swimming pool over a series of nights in a Tarrytown residence? You’d remember it because you were there, or because you read this preview report of the action.
Horses. Swimmers. Water. Sand. A dozen or so human bodies moving in and out of synch among the shadows and lights, live music thrilling the air, a precise creation of movements reshaping the landscape around you …
You’d remember, too, probably, that this seemingly from-out-of-nowhere choreographer Jennifer Sherburn is the sister of composer and bandleader Justin Sherburn (who sometimes abets his sibling’s performances, with his excellent Montopolis crew and guests like Thor Harris and so on). And that Jennifer used the skills and powers of Natalie George Productions for lighting & video & other such enhancements for those two kinetic wonderments mentioned above – you recall that, too, right?
Now here’s Eleven Eleven.
Because Sherburn isn’t satisfied with making one of the biggest initial splashes, so to speak, that the local arts scene has witnessed in some time. No, what’s she’s doing – what she’s got to do, maybe, because what is it, precisely, that drives an artist? – what she’s doing is a series of dance shows, one each month, over 11 months.
And each month features a different group of choreographers and dancers and a new piece by Sherburn. And each month’s show takes place in a different location – with the performances tailored to the constraints and opportunities of that location.
(You know: They call it site-specific.)
And Sherburn’s teamed up like hand-in-glove, now, with Natalie George for this entire ongoing schedule of dance-based marvels. And, oh sweet Saint Fosse, the first gig’s already past and the second gig, Eleven Eleven: 02, begins tonight and continues through Saturday. And Lisa Del Rosario is a part of it, and Scotland’s Kevin Briggs, and that percussionist Jason McKenzie. And of course a warehouse-galvanizing squad of performative talent.
And we just thought we’d point this out to you, citizen. You know?
Because we remember that Arena and that Riverside – and the first Eleven Eleven performance with Ellen Bartel and Shen Jun – and we wouldn’t want you to miss out on goodness like this.