This Choreographer Turned Charles & Ray Eames Into A Dance

published Jan 26, 2018
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The lack of movies and plays about Charles and Ray Eames is one of the great pop culture mysteries of our time. Not only did the couple leave an indelible mark on the design landscape, their merging of business and marriage greatly challenged the gender norms of the day. Bay Area choreographer, Kristin Damerow, has used the Eames’ story as inspiration for a new contemporary dance piece, Eames.

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“In EAMES, five dancers—one male, four female—will explore the gender and artistic dynamics between the two creative geniuses, whose love and shared devotion to design resonates to this day,” says the promo website.

The show focuses largely on Ray, with one dancer portraying Ray, while three others portray different parts of her personality: compassion, passion and independence. The show doesn’t feature an Eames-inspired set or multiple loungers; instead, the dancers will evoke the couple’s iconic designs.

In order to “cross-pollinate” the dance and design worlds, Damrow even set up a small pop-up of Eames items in the lobby.

Eames runs from January 25-28th at the ODC Theater in San Francisco.

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