“In the sun and in the rain
And in the day and in the night
Pain is a flower
Pain is flowers
Blooming all the time.”
Campbell and Diaz take the beloved balletic swan and turn her on her ear.
Marcie Sillman, And Another Thing…
“Swan Song,” by Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz of New York’s MADBOOTS Dance, pokes fun at a symbol of traditional balletic grace and perfection: the white swan. The work is shot through with winks at Swan Lake—crossed wrists, fluttering arms, arms circled above head—and features an impressive series of entrechats by Watson. Intense lighting design (Michael Mazzola) creates dramatic silhouettes and shadows, obscuring the line between observation and interpretation.
Rachel Gallaher, City Arts Magazine
SWAN SONG, by Campbell and Diaz of MADBOOTS, is visually stunning and executed with great skill.
Imana Gunawan, Seattle Dances
September 9, 2016
Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Carpenters, Growing, Infinite Body