A multi-media dance company, DEBORAH SLATER DANCE THEATER makes visually gorgeous, acrobatic, talking dance. DSDT is dedicated to the creation of works that explore social issues using humor, original movement, text and/or music.
DSDT structures stories, folklore, history, and contemporary culture that overlap like Venn diagrams. How can we hold two different points of view on a subject at the same time? To what extent does the act of perceiving reflect or distort reality?
Our umbrella nonprofit, ART OF THE MATTER PERFORMANCE FDN., is founded on the belief that art and everyday life are not separate events but that art is the human attempt to create meaning and to introduce formal shapes and paths through the chaos of the life experience.
DSDT's focus has been on bringing experimental art forms and educational outreach into the community since l989. The work formalizes informal gestures - It is in the physicalization of psychological states, in the deliberately timed turn of a head, the repeated motion of an arm reaching out and drawing back, the clenching of the ribs, the restraint of a stylized step – depicting first one character and then the next. By acknowledging the power of 'body language', Slater, working as Director in close collaboration with her performers, highlights and underscores dramatic themes, establishing the dreamlike environment of the piece and preparing the audience for an alternative reality. The inter-weaving of movement and language is seamless. The specifics of each performer create a whole ensemble language.