Dance Mogul: What can the world expect from Aidos?
Douglas Dunn: Aidos celebrates the uplifting uselessness of bodies in aestheticized motion. The subtext of the piece is that no matter how hard we try, we humans, divided against ourselves, always battling, never get it right: individual/collective; mind/body; love/hate; beauty/ugliness.
Dance Mogul: How is this production different from your previous work?
Douglas Dunn: Aidos is deeply involved with its score, the Bach Cello Suites. The richness and complexity, the sublimity, of the music has put my wit in competition with an uncharacteristic urge toward earthiness and gravity.
Dance Mogul: You’ve been creating for a long time now, what motivates you to keep creating these pieces to present to the world?
Douglas Dunn: My dancing is a reaction to the always-looming triviality of daily living. Nothing is more important than the opportunity to arrive at impractical gestures that celebrate transient human presence, the meaning of which, if any, is inscrutable. My love for dancing, doing, organizing and watching it, just keeps increasing with age.
Dance Mogul: You’re well-traveled, how does dance here in the states differ from dance in other countries? Are there different techniques? Is the appreciation level different for the arts?
Douglas Dunn: The spectrum of dance practice and response in the world is very wide, and with the help of media one is now able, both at first and at second hand, to see a lot of it. There are also great differences in how dance is supported, artistically, emotionally and financially. Of all the countries I’ve worked in, the USA is the most unpredictable, as dance, and art in general, are not foundational to our pragmatic ethos.
Dance Mogul: Is there anyone you would like to thank for helping you with this project?
Douglas Dunn: Though no longer with us, my parents have been surprisingly present as I work. Mother used to say that when she played Bach I danced, age 2. It’s as if I’m returning to those moments, and to her deep involvement with music. My father was an outdoorsman. His robust, unself-conscious interactions with animals, mountains and lakes still run through me. His esprit provides an angle of inspiration that prevents my love of artifice from descending into cynically ironic decoration. Thank you!