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Wonderland investigates pack mentality as an inherent and potentially dangerous element of human instinct. Four archetypal characters evolve in a universe influenced by the imagery of the American atomic age. Behind the smiles of an Esther Williams dream world, Wonderland reveals psychological and physical episodes of a herd acting as a unit through the uncoordinated behavior of self-serving individuals. Although pack mentality is a natural and ongoing strategy in the animal kingdom, among humans it can indicate a vicious, desensitized brutality and disregard for humanity – a concept that is at the core of Wonderland.The stylized, disturbing world of Wonderland was initially inspired by Chinese-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s installation Head On, which depicts 99 wolves charging into a glass wall. Choreographer Andrea Miller draws on overly familiar characters and situations to re-enact tensions between the individual and the collective. In this piece, Miller conjures a dark, surreal circus arena where the herd instinct can play out.

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  • Choreographer: Andrea Miller
  • Company: Gallim Dance
  • Dancers: Caroline Fermin, Allysen Hooks, Francesca Romo, Daniel Staaf, Emily Terndrup, Austin Tyson, Dan Walczak, Jonathan Windham
  • Director: Denis Caiozzi
  • Scenography / Costumes: Jon Bausor