Much like Lindsey Matheis is trying to do with her show, I hit the creative brink while writing this.
I wrote it in the evening and then woke up in the morning realizing I hated it. The rewrite was quick and maybe too informal, but my editors took most of overly-conversational language out, probably rightfully. (However I do very much hate the revision of “God knows” to “Goodness knows”).
Lindsey Matheis is trying to reinvent the way Portland does dance—at least this weekend.
That she’s attempting it at all is surprising, considering her quiet, agreeable manner. “It’s not really like me to do this kind of show,” Matheis acknowledges.
In Alchemy, the second show the 24-year-old Northwest Dance Project member has independently produced, Matheis is doing away with some dance-show trademarks. No more Muzak as you sit quietly, waiting for the performance to begin. Instead, Matheis has a pre-show, in which dancers are already performing in the middle of the studio as you arrive. And no sitting in neat, straight lines—the audience is arranged in a circle surrounding the dance floor.