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Liz Lerman | August 19⁠—23, 2020

World Premiere

Welcome to a world of old crones, shape-shifters, familiars, and imps!

Visionary choreographer Liz Lerman returns to the Pillow with the world premiere of her newest dance-theater work Wicked Bodies, which asks why some knowledge is celebrated, criminalized, and erased altogether.

In this piece, part epic, part fable, witches are going extinct along with the natural world and are prized by collectors for their histories. Told through the lens of the collector and his museum and through the witches’ own book of Spells (Source for Perpetuation of Enduring Love, Loss, and Survival), we discover ways in which female wisdom has emerged over eons, even as it has been misunderstood, negated, and legislated against.

LA Dance Chronicle claimed a preview of the work at Scripps College “only whetted one’s appetite and desire to see the completed [work].” The piece is aided by an award-winning design team, and developed in part at the Pillow Lab

Lerman is a MacArthur Fellow and a Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient whose work is rooted in intense research, described as having, “expansive range, emotional depth and singular beauty” (The Washington Post).

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