ABOUT

Still Life Dances is a series of dance works based on visual art works, primarily paintings. Our approach to creating them is similar to the way 19th century American still life painters approached their work- they valued precision, careful composition, and the placement of light. They often painted rotting fruit or decaying carcasses, things that changed and morphed faster than they could be painted with the detail it required.  Their impossible task of attempting to make the impermanent permanent set our wheels in motion in the studio.

Realness, intimacy, curious moments, and a sense of being compelled to pay deep attention to fleeting action are experiences we hope the audience will have when they see our work. In making these Still Life Dances, we are left with the impression, and possibly the personal truth, that the body is not fixed, concrete, or monotone, but a changing, ephemeral, experiential entity that is continually being abstracted in art and dance and life.

-LAUREN & JENNY

  Still Life No. 1  (TOP) | photo Robbie Sweeny. Based on the painting “Blackberries” by Raphaelle Peale, 1813 de Young | Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco   Still Life No. 2  (UPPER LEFT) | photo Ramune Rastonis. Based on the painting “After the Hunt” by William Harnett, 1895 de Young | Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco   Still Life No. 3  (UPPER RIGHT) | photo Keegan Marling. Based on the painting “Still Life with Grape Juice and Sandwiches” by David Ligare, 1994 de Young | Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco   Still Life No. 4  (LOWER RIGHT) | photo Robbie Sweeny. Based on the painting “Salmon, Trout, and Smelt” by Samuel Marsden Brookes, 1873 de Young | Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco   Still Life No. 5  (LOWER LEFT) | photo Caitlin Hammel. Based on the painting “The Cup We All Race For” by Frederick Peto, 1900 de Young | Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco   Still Life No. 6  (BOTTOM) | photo Bishoculars. Based on the installation “Plegaria Muda” by Doris Salcedo, 2008-2010 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art | SFMOMA

Still Life No. 1 (TOP) | photo Robbie Sweeny. Based on the painting “Blackberries” by Raphaelle Peale, 1813 de Young | Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Still Life No. 2 (UPPER LEFT) | photo Ramune Rastonis. Based on the painting “After the Hunt” by William Harnett, 1895 de Young | Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Still Life No. 3 (UPPER RIGHT) | photo Keegan Marling. Based on the painting “Still Life with Grape Juice and Sandwiches” by David Ligare, 1994 de Young | Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Still Life No. 4 (LOWER RIGHT) | photo Robbie Sweeny. Based on the painting “Salmon, Trout, and Smelt” by Samuel Marsden Brookes, 1873 de Young | Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Still Life No. 5 (LOWER LEFT) | photo Caitlin Hammel. Based on the painting “The Cup We All Race For” by Frederick Peto, 1900 de Young | Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Still Life No. 6 (BOTTOM) | photo Bishoculars. Based on the installation “Plegaria Muda” by Doris Salcedo, 2008-2010 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art | SFMOMA