A Little Less Human


A Little Less Human: A Ghost Story

April 2019

You’re the blur in the corner of the picture behind the person smiling.

You’re the silence between the lightning when everyone is waiting for the thunder.

You’re the feeling in our bellies when an elevator goes too fast.

And the ticking of the clock in an otherwise silent room.

You are gravity.

You are bare skin.

You are aging, even now.

How long will your fingerprints last in rooms after you’re dead?

Or the water glass with your lip prints on the counter?

In death, A Little Less Human, a little more lost.

TriptheDark Dance Company is in its ninth season and has gone from fairy tales (The Wolf Child’s MotherJust Right) to popular eighties films (I Carried A Watermelon, Labyrinth) to the dark comedy of Twin Peaks (Dance of the Dream Man). Known for their expert storytelling through contemporary dance and drawing in audiences unfamiliar or under-appreciative of dance, this year’s production is about grief, about love, about the loss you feel when you die. Based on the movie, A Ghost Story, this dance production follows the story of a couple who is real, who loves and disagrees and has passion. A couple who feels loss, deeply and separately. Through contemporary dance, TriptheDark delves into a love lost and a death trapped in a house, a home; purgatory.

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His eldest sister (who modestly prefers to be identified here as a Tuckahoe homemaker) has asked me to describe him as looking like "the blue-eyed Jewish-Irish Mohican scout who died in your arms at the roulette table at Monte Carlo."