Mary Jo Mecca
Originally created on the José Limón Company in 2008 during a MANCC residency at Florida State University, Raw Footage is full of loose-limbed material and movement flow. The dance vocabulary contrasts lyrical movement—stylistically related to what the Limón dancers are known for—with more robust and less refined (“raw”) material. The work was originally made on seven dancers, but was reworked for five when Ms. Cornfield revived the piece in 2016 to set on her own company dancers. With rhythmic and gently driving music by Andreas Brade, the piece brings a score of percussion sounds and a haunting melodic line of the clarinet, forming a compelling portrait of the five performers that are the result of an evolved raw creation process.