A Close Shave (2006)
The content of this work centers on the idea of a man confronting and wrestling with the proverbial man staring back at him every morning when he shaves. Inspired by “Man in the Mirror,” by Patrick Morley.
Relationships are the most important aspect of life. This work centers on the idea that human beings ascend to higher places when their relationships are respect based, balanced, and full of trust.
We wondered what would happen if we researched and developed movement on exercise physio balls. This dance was constructed via numerous months of improvisation. This lighthearted work is particularly useful in our educational outreach performances and residencies with children and families.
Beauty in Tension (2010)
Centered in our recent anxiety-ridden economic times, this work explores how people are living under tension, being held back by circumstance, and/or caught up in a sea of resulting emotions. Some cope in an unhealthy manner, others find peace. Moments of beauty, release and freedom amidst this tension inspire hope.
We are blessed to have moments in life that elevate us from daily negative circumstances such as laughing extremely hard, listening to a beautiful piece of music, watching your child play, or worship. This piece represents gathering these uplifting life moments together into a colorful bouquet.
Center of The Earth (Te Pito o te Henua) (2012)
In spring of 2008, Bill Wade and the company members of Inlet Dance Theatre were blessed to participate in the final phase of an International Artist Exchange with artists from Easter Island (Rapa Nui), made possible by the Ohio Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Foundation, The State Department, and the American Embassy in Santiago (Chile). As part of that exchange, Inlet artists spent two weeks on the island performing, teaching, and exploring. Center of the Earth (Te Pito o te Henua) was created in response to this multi-phase international artist exchange program. The imagery in this work is directly connected to specific experiences on the island. We use Inlet's unique aesthetic and brand of modern dance and reference Rapa Nui cultural icons, environmental images such as the ocean and lava caves, and focus on global themes of community, identity and gender roles.
This pop-modern piece is inspired by the dynamics of the timbre in the music, the creative process, and the dictionary definition of the word "create".
The Door (2006) (Stephen Rooks)
The Door is a journey through redemption.
The inspiration of this work comes from the miracle of gestation, whether it be the creation of a unique individual, a work of art, or an organization such as Inlet.
Dream of Sleeping (2004)
This dance is made possible by the Strohl Family Trust in response to sleep specialist Dr. Kingman Strohl’s request to create a work based on sleep and its related issues. The work continues to evolve and sites individual bed time rituals, sleep posturing preferences, various sleep disorders, experiences and images.
Four Elements (2011-2015)
Inspired by the book, “The Four Elements of Success,” by Laurie Beth Jones, this four movement work explores how the four elements can be viewed as personality types. The idea for this work came as a result of an organizational development workshop in Inlet's rehearsal studio led by Tinamou Consulting (tinamouconsulting.com) followed by collaborative sessions exploring how to express each personality type using Inlet’s unique collaborative creative process and aesthetic brand of modern dance. The first installment Water, premiered in 2011, with Air (2013), Fire (2014) and Earth (2015) following.
Inlet Dance Theatre conducted residencies for visually impaired and blind students at the Cleveland Sight Center (CSC) in 2003 and 2004, culminating with the Sight Center students participating in Parade the Circle Celebration each year. In reaction to our experiences with CSC students, staff and parents, we blindfolded the dancers and asked them to partner each other – thereby unleashing a new level of sensitivity, caring and trust within the dancers. The resulting intimacy, tension, and imagery are condensed into this challenging duet.
Let Go (2011)
For many, life involves periods of familial or financial struggles, peer rejection, and even harsh circumstances like battling cancer. Choosing to work past the resulting issues involves learning that forgiveness and letting go is a key component to maturity and freedom.
A conversation I had concerning issues facing the elderly and their care-givers sparked the creation of this work. The dance was created with the intention of honoring our elderly and those that provide their care and heightening our awareness of their concerns.