Wally is a physical and playful duet that portrays different aspects of individuality, gender power norms, playfulness, and responsibility within the context of a non-sexual relationship between a man and a woman.
Wally is slang for “clumsy” in many parts of the world, and is also known as a wandering fictional character that young children find in picture books. The piece here is inspired by the various roles we play in our daily lives, clumsily walking past global issues, with Time being our only constant. We are perhaps too playful and content in the vastness of our ignorance. With gender power norms we find ourselves in new situations daily, but oddly seem to be repeating mistakes again and again.
Though the lighting of the work seems serious, the tone is quite light. Presenting this work, I hope to take our audience down their personal memory lane, bring out a bit of melancholy, find a laugh and smile, then inspire support for one another in times of immense pressure.
Choreography: Nicole von Arx
Performance: Nicole von Arx, Michael Greenberg
Premiere: October 26th, 2018 at Sam Houston State University in Texas, USA