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“4Chambers” premiered in New York in 2013, and was most recently performed in an abandoned wing of a Brooklyn hospital; the company transformed a tiled room formerly used to prepare bodies of dead patients. The work is a kind of hybrid of a dance piece and a science project, with videos about the heart — including the choreographer Ismael Houston-Jones describing his own heart attack — and a room in which audience members are hooked up to a device that measured changes in their heart rates when they were asked difficult questions.
But the company members do dance, most memorably in a visceral sequence that seems to depict a cardiac arrest. “I begin looking down at my chest and digging,” dancer Mercedes Searer describes, “pulling the skin apart at the breastbone, digging my fingers in as if trying to get past the bone, into my chest.”
“There are places [in the piece] to reflect on what is a life,” Jody Obderfelder explains. “That’s where I am in my life right now. It’s not going to last forever. The heart is an apt metaphor for what keeps you alive and for all emotions. Even though the heart doesn't think, it definitely registers what you’re thinking and feeling."…read more