ARMAGEDDON OR SUNRISE OR SOMETHING is an evening length duet made for and by Leah Wilks + Mauriah Kraker (L+M). The work is built on scores investigating exhaustion, endurance and the sensuality/ the geographic of both internal and external landscapes. The duo grapples with the necessity of proximity to each other: they shake, rumble and drag each other to the ground, lift each other up, carry + sing to each other. pulling from the duo’s different training histories in improvisation, Olympic-level sport, ballet, modern dance technique, photography, and sound design, the piece functions as both a grief ritual and a space for reckoning with limitation. Throughout the work the body becomes landscape, home, monument, spellcaster, caretaker, boundary, and the location of desire.
Choreography and Performance: Mauriah Kraker and Leah Wilks
Sound: Hayat Dominguez and Leah Wilks
Lighting: Alena Samoray
Costumes: Larissa Almanza
Dramaturgy/jill-of-all-trades: El Emadian
Production Management: Rebecca Ferrell
Videography: Mya McClellan and Stephanie Shaw
Video Editing: Mauriah Kraker and Mary Kate Ford
Premiered at Bluestem Hall on Barnhart Prairie, Urbana, IL - under the kind auspices of Abbie and Tim Frank, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Department of Dance.
L+M began making dances together while in graduate school in the flatlands of the Midwest. Their duet works are endurance-driven events attentive to location and place. For their duet, ARMAGEDDON OR SUNRISE OR SOMETHING, they received the Wanda M. Nettl Prize for Student Choreography from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.