Armitage Gone! Dance : You Took a Part of Me


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You Took a Part of Me


“Armitage’s work is vivid, ideas tearing through bodies and escaping.”
— London Financial Times 


You Took a Part of Me is a mysterious and hypnotic display of erotic entanglement and unresolved attachment by “punk ballerina” Karole Armitage. Modeled after Noh, an ancient, ritualized Japanese form of dance theater, You Took a Part of Me depicts a woman’s ghost as she revisits her past to reckon with life’s complexities and search for peace.

Framed by an installation that evokes traditional Noh staging, You Took a Part of Me is performed by three dancers who portray the Ghost, her Double, and her Lover. A fourth dancer acts as a transformer, known as a koken in Noh. Set to a haunting composition by Reiko Yamada, the movement traces the curvilinear pathways of classical Japanese calligraphy, turning more jagged and contorted as the piece unfolds. Austere and abstract, yet intensely personal, You Took a Part of Me is a poetic metaphor for transformation and self-realization.

Run Time: 55 minutes

*Limited number of $25 stage seats and $15 student/senior tickets available.

Photos by Julieta Cervantes

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Armitage Gone! Dance