Jimmy H. Miklavcic - Choreographic Works
March 22, 1990 - Another Language On Tour Concert, Ephraim, Utah

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Bootlegging (1990)

Choreographers: Jimmy H. Miklavcic & Christopher Murry Ivins
Music: (Video Credits)
Costuming: Jimmy H. Miklavcic & Christopher Murry Ivins
Lighting: Jimmy H. Miklavcic
Dancers: Jimmy H. Miklavcic & Christopher Murry Ivins
Location: Crane Theatre, Snow College, Ephraim, Utah
Length: 7:44 minutes
Imagine giving two creative people ski boots and bicycle helmets and asking them to create a work to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Bootlegging is a result from such a challenge they imposed onto themselves.

Christopher and Jimmy donned their ski boots and bike helmets, and explored the idea of creative, physical, and social balance. This dance juxtaposed the heavy-footed movement with the lightness of the Bach piano piece. They, also, tested the limits of physical balance, both in weight-bearing and stature. The social balance was measured by the audience reaction, which varied depending on where the work was performed.

Moving around the stage in ski boots proved to be laborious, although it added a humorous clunky texture to the smooth flowing piano concerto. The boots also helped develop new ideas on how to achieve different lifts, counter-balanced tableaus, and choreographic themes. At one point, Jimmy stands on the back heels of Christopher’s boots as he is in a push-up position, grabs the waistband of Chris’s bicycle pants and pulls. As Christopher rises, Jimmy is lowered to the floor.

Christopher and Jimmy dryly performed Bootlegging for the students at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. The audience at the performance gasped when, at the end, Jimmy laid down on Christopher’s side. Listen closely to the audience reactions when the performers come together at the end of this dance.