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Quarryography: New Life in an Old Quarry
by Janis Goodman

Three hundred and sixty million years ago when the granite coast of Maine was forming, the fairies and wood nymphs were planning their debut. A massive rock formation consisting of microcline, plagioclase, and quartz seemed perched at the end of the world—too perfect a place to remain inert. This site of enduring materials was fashioned by the gods, shaped by mortals, and then resurrected by artists. Fast forward to the present, a now abandoned granite quarry, and a choreographer named Alison Chase, founding artistic director of Pilobolus Dance Theater. This explosive combination of person and place recently sparked a site-specific theatrical event called Quarryography. Chase realized that the quarry would be a full partner in this working relationship; her dancers would become sculptural pawns on a game board of granite.


View of Quarryography, 2007.


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