Starting in 1999, Carol Langstaff and FLOCK Dance Troupe have been creating a series of productions often celebrating the imagery of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. While related by their creative process and by a shared vocabulary of striking natural imagery, these works exist independently. All showcase Carol's clear and powerful choreography, drawing upon Martha Graham's modernist spirals and contractions, traditional folk dances, movements of physical work, nonverbal body language, and flow-forms derived from nature. Audiences are shown complications and confrontations, yet ultimately these conflicts are transformed through humor, visual beauty, and ecstatic ensemble dances.
Each FLOCK production builds toward a conclusion that demonstrates some form of solution. In searching for resolving endings we have been surprised and delighted to find that it is always collaboration, cooperation, and caring that complete the piece and provide a glimpse of a more embracing way of continuing life in our world.
ELEMENTAL This piece addresses consumerism and the wasting of nature's bounty in contrast with pastoral, agrarian ways of living.
OPPORTUNITY CALLS is inspired by the paintings of Gustav Klimt, this work shows the demise of family and community life as we turn away from nature through ever more high-speed growth and technological development.
JOY is dedicated to the arts of living and dying well, and to the possibility of wonder in death as well as life, this piece enacts a series of deaths "translated" by the elements, climaxing in a vision of universal recurrence.
GO! MOVE! SHIFT! This piece explores the movements of refugees and the displacement of traditional peoples and cultures brought about by economic exploitation of resources and globalization.
REGENDER This fifth production in the cycle builds upon the distinctive yet overlapping forms of masculine and feminine energy and follows the paths of these in the natural world and human society.
GRACE, a requiem for the loss of our natural world. It investigates the various choices of social order available to us and shows ways in which people reach a point of "no more," then move beyond.
LIBERTY is a collage of dance/theater vignettes based on the works and home of the great American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. "LIBERTY!" further interprets and expands upon Saint-Gaudens’ vision using live music and the spoken word.
“The state of Grace is that of getting or giving what is needed for nothing in return, of accepting the unexpected.”
“All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill our history books,
all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen
merely from a lack of skill in dancing.” - Moliere, 1622
MUSEUM PIECES II and III
BUTTON BUTTON Who's got the Button: A Dream of Nuclear War, is a large-scale, outdoor program created in 1980 and presented in several Vermont communities. Frank Cantor directed this film of the event.