FloatBrilliance @ 2017 Cincinnati Fringe Festival

Cincinnati Fringe Festival PRESENTS dropshift’s:
FloatBrilliance at Memorial Hall Ballroom, Cincinnati


Photo Credit: Rosa Gaia

CINCINNATI- dropshift dance, celebrating its 7th Anniversary Season in 2017 and praised for creating work which is “…playful and alluring” (Art Intercepts, Chicago) and “…an ingenious offering…” (Laura Molzahn, The Chicago Tribune), premieres FloatBrilliance: an immersive performance uniting movement, original musical score, and textural costume piece. Showing May 31 at 7pm, June 3 at 3:30pm, and June 4 at 4:45pm.


  • Wednesday. May 31, 7pm
  • Saturday. June 3, 3:30pm
  • Sunday. June 4, 4:45pm


Memorial Hall Ballroom
1225 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH

Tickets: $15 general admission, available online at knowtheatre.com.

Directed by Andrea Cerniglia
Movement creation in collaboration with dancers

Andrea Cerniglia, Weichiung Chen-Martinez, Jill Moshman and Colleen Welch

Original Score: Elliot Cless, Luke Gullickson
Costume: Collin Bunting
Lighting Design: Richard Norwood

FloatBrilliance explores honest physicality, how we embody fulfillment, and sense being whole. The immersive evening length work examines fulfilling space physically, visually, and sonically while investigating the blurring of roles between movers, composers, and video artists. Dancers explore when movement is exhaustive, thorough, and fulfilled. Movement vignettes reveal refined spatial relationships, anticipatory response, and sensory feedback through touch and aural elements. The performers rely on one another to fulfill choreographic sequences while creating a playful, organic community amongst movers. Physical partnerships are built from playful shifts of time and weight and explore the sensations of tossing, diving, and catching to physicalize gravity’s stabilizing/mobilizing effects on the body.

The overall work looks at the spectrum of physical states that exists in response to fulfilling a role, existence within a synergetic partnership, and physicalizing honest movement. Movers combine in duet, trio, and quartet sequences to explore timelessness, a soft sternum and heart, and quirky gestural conversations between bodies. For the musical element of the project, dropshift engaged composerperformers Elliot Cless and Luke Gullickson to undergo a longitudinal collaboration with each other and the company. The resulting music is a dynamic tapestry of folk-inspired acoustic instrumentals, lo-fi electronica, and environmental sounds that place the artwork within its own germination. Musical ideas return, develop, and unfold in response to the subtle individuality of gesture that courses through dropshift’s movement.

FloatBrilliance’s collaborative team includes artistic architect and director of dropshift dance, Andrea Cerniglia, composers Elliot Cless and Luke Gullickson, designer Collin Bunting, and lighting designer Richard Norwood.

dropshift dance (DSD) is a provocative, inquisitive and authoritative investigator of movement. Conceived through a collaborative incubation laboratory of movement, sound, and visual installation, the work engages audience with dialogue, choice and experimental practice. DSD works through a rigorous process of studio investigation to create work that energizes the space and creates an alternate world for the performer and viewer. dropshift was founded in 2009 by Chicago based artist Andrea Cerniglia as a movement project dedicated to a collaborative and investigative studio practice and pushing boundaries of the art form in performance. The company mines abstract concepts that dissect societal structure, dynamics, and events that surround and impact us. Collaboration extends beyond dance into the realm of film, visual art and installation piece, and musical composition. This multi-disciplinary approach engages audience in a visual, aural, and human experience in order to move audience towards a transformative experience.

For reservation information call dropshift dance at 978-317-5577 or visit www.dropshiftdance.com

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