History - As Our Thoughts Escape Us (1986)
September 26 - 27, 1986 - Theatre 208, U of U Modern Dance Dept., Salt Lake City, Utah

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Could This Be Part of My Childhood? (1986)

Choreographer: Tina Karlsson
Music: (Video Credits)
Costume: Elizabeth A. Miklavcic
Dancer: Elizabeth A. Miklavcic
Location: University of Utah Modern Dance Department Theatre 208 (Dress Rehearsal)
Length: 7:11 minutes
Guest choreographer Tina Karlsson had originally created and performed Could This Be Part of My Childhood? for a 1983 Experimental Floss concert at the First Unitarian Church located at 569 South and 1300 East in Salt Lake City, Utah. Elizabeth loved this solo and asked Tina to set it on her for the 1986 Another Language Debut Concert, As Our Thoughts Escape Us.

Tina was inspired by The Resident's take on nursery rhymes. Primarily motivated by the music, the choreography is wonderfully quirky with whimsical, bizarre, and unpredictable sequences of events. The choreography was a challenge, because it depended on the dancer's ability to go from standing, to the floor, and from standing into the air with barely any momentum.

The Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star caveat was a physical depiction of the dancer having a conversation with herself. The arms were talking and responding to each other, with the head of the dancer getting out of the way and/or going along for the ride as the two hands "figured-it-out."

Elizabeth built the costume with flowing strips of material to respond and extend the motion of the many pivots and turns in this dance. The costume includes a facial mask that pulls over the head with more flowing pieces of material coming out of the top of the head, turning the dancer into some kind of live action doll figure.

The works of the Another Language Debut Concert, As Our Thoughts Escape Us, were recorded during the dress rehearsal. There were a few people in the audience previewing the concert, but to achieve any type of video recording, the lights were brought up to full so that the Beta video equipment could pick up the pieces. In the early days of public accessible video cameras it was very difficult to video tape anything with low light.