Titled after the Sanskrit word for “desire, wish, longing,” KAMA explores taboo in sex and addiction. An initial merging of abstract concert dance with movement and imagery stemming from contemporary clubbing develops and distorts, representing casual sex with mechanical movement, and the tweaking phase of a high with pathological abandon as two individuals find a brief, profound tenderness that devolves into toxic heartbreak. Drawing from perspectives across sexual identities, dancers Nico Gonzales, Elise Pacicco, Alden Henderson, Jihyun Kim, and Anna Pinault portray honest, physical narratives of our universally human quest for pleasure within the arena of party culture – a space where an ecstatic communal experience is constantly fraught with looming dangers.
WARNING: This work makes use of strobe lighting and smoke. Recommended for ages 18 and up.