Llory Wilson

This Cordate Carcass
Fri Feb 8, 1991

Llory Wilson brought to Austin “This Cordate Carcass,” her remarkable full-evening dance theater work inspired by the self-portraits of Frida Kahlo.

“This Cordate Carcass” exuded a dynamic visual and emotional sensibility characteristic of Wilson. The collaborative effort brought together Seattle’s finest set, lighting, music, slide, and costume designers for a remarkably moving evening of dance theater, a show the Village Voice called “both exhilarating and heartbreaking.”

Llory Wilson has performed with the likes of Ping Chong, Mark Morris, and Bill Evans, and has choreographed for the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Spectrum, Seattle Repertory Theater, Danceworks, the San Francisco Moving Company, and Northwest Dance Company. With her own company, Wilson demands stamina, grace, and daring from an unusual assortment of dancers. Besides following a regimen of dance techniques and partnering, they were aerobically trained athletes. Some were mountain climbers, others swimmers, cyclists, and gymnasts.

“This Cordate Carcass” was co-commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop, Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia, and On The Boards in Wilson’s own Seattle– three of America’s most highly regarded dance presenters.