10 PICKS FOR BAY AREA DANCE, STEEPED IN TRADITION AND CHANGE
By Carla Escoda, May 30, 2018
Dancers of Tim Rubel Human Shakes in Rubel and Elisabeth Kindler-Abali's 'ALIEN.' (Photo: Victor Talledos)
Tim Rubel Human Shakes and Elisabeth Kindler-Abali | ALIEN
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Spurred by increasing xenophobia in America and Germany, collaborators Tim Rubel (San Francisco) and Elisabeth Kindler-Abali (Berlin) researched stories of immigrants and refugees, many of whom come from Muslim communities. They also reflected on their own experiences, as well as those of their dancers, of being ‘othered.’ These observations inform a fantasy about members of a fictional human race who are forced to flee their homeland, and who become objects of fear and suspicion in a new land. Spoken text, song and video installations are woven into this choreographic statement that rejects the legitimizing of intolerance and examines the use of the word ‘alien’ as applied to a human being.