Martha Clarke and Alfred Uhry's “Angel Reapers”

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Choreographer Martha Clarke and writer Alfred Uhry discuss their latest collaboration, the dance/theater/music piece “Angel Reapers.” The work is suggested by the life of Ann Lee, founder of the Shaker movement, and the plot is woven throughout with movement, song and dance to bring to life this extraordinary 18th-century woman and the singular world she created. “Angel Reapers” is playing at The Joyce Theater through December 11. 


Martha Clarke and Alfred Uhry

Comments [3]

John T.

An incredible piece. The Shakers were indeed wrought with sexual repression. Their work kept them from focusing on it but they were a society built on denial. Angel Reapers portrayed this with depth and grace. Bravo.

Dec. 10 2011 04:16 PM
Scott from Brooklyn

America's most succesful Utopian society didn't achieve all the amazing things it produced because they were "reppressed". People chose to join the Shakers because of their ideals. It is such a shallow take on their society to dwell on the "reppressed sexuality " which really was what was so wonderfully transcended.

Dec. 06 2011 01:00 PM

I saw this piece. Why did the creators choose to make a piece that only hinted at ecstasy, without ever reaching that kind of fervor in during the theatrical experience? Also - WHO wrote the question about the choreographic image of the river? A question about the nature of the stomping, which doesn't fit into the historical factual material? A thin, unrealized piece that is getting a lot of celebrity attention

Dec. 06 2011 12:59 PM

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