Highlights: 30th Anniversary
February 25, 2011
Women rule the stage in 'Petrichor'
By: By Sid Smith, Special to the Chicago Tribune
The title of "Petrichor" refers to a certain scent left behind after rain, a definition Morris learned while watching "Jeopardy!" "I love titles. Everybody takes them seriously, and this one affects the dance in that it's about the senses," he said. The music is the second string quartet by Brazilian composer Heiter Villa-Lobos, whom Morris called "a wonderful composer too little heard here."
"Petrichor" is for eight women, created while some new male troupe members were busy learning older works. "It was wild and fun to work with only women," he said. "Half the time, they just ignored me. They were smart and cooperative, and this result is complicated and very difficult."