Praying Mantis is an 18 minute work for 6 female dancers that is performed inside a box of light that references a boxing ring. The praying mantis, an insect that feeds on other insects and clasps its prey in forelimbs held up as if in prayer, mysteriously intertwines the dual aspects of preying and praying. The electronic score creates a long, slowly developing arch, evocative of an orchestral tone-poem.
Premiere: On the Boards, Seattle – 2002
Restaged in 2005/2006 for Seattle and NYC performances
Lighting design 2005/06: Julianne Keenan
Lighting design 2002: Ben Geffen
Costume design 2005/06: Tasa Gleason
Costume design 2002: Lisa deFrance