In chemistry and condensed-matter physics, a critical point, also called a critical state, specifies the conditions at which a phase boundary ceases to exist, for example when a vapor changes to liquid.
In Critical State, each combination of dancers (solos, trios, etc) and each module of sound, video, lighting, and set is a distinct phase: a theatrical vignette, a dance sequence, a video projection, a sonic event. The phases, at critical points, are transformed by one another into something else, another phase, investigating the critical state.
Motley's works for out-of-theatre spaces are relative to the architecture and art of the specific site. The performance, art, and architecture are mutually enhanced because they coexist. Careful juxtapositions of color, texture, speed, volume, scale, content, and timing assure not just compatibility and coherence, but beautiful marriages. Critical State will be anchored in the environment of the historic River Arts building in Morrisville, Vermont. This beautiful building is an integral part of the Morrisville community, having previously been a Grange Hall and the Peoples Academy School.
While Motley is artistic director, and as choreographer the lead artist, she is also in some sense the curator of a group show. She will provide a vision and the context within which individuals will develop their own work. Each artist will regularly have creative consultations with Motley in addition to rehearsals for ensemble pieces in which all participate.