“Dreams re-imagined through a mysterious psychophysical language — an experience that is quite mesmerizing.” –Chicago Tribune
Premiered: The Dance Center of Columbia College, 2005
Lulu Sleeps is an evening-length work reflecting the elusive residue of dreams. With visual design elements of sculptor D Christopher Krause, costume designer Lara Miller, lighting designer Margaret Nelson, and video artists John Boesche and Logan Kibens, the stage becomes a visual playing field where dream archetypes and compelling physicality intersect. Set to an original score by composer Mark Messing and Kevin O’Donnell, Lulu Sleeps journeys through the poetic and absurd nature of dreams.
Jumping off from images and themes in the most common recurring dreams (falling, flying, sex, death/decay, the situation where everyone else knows what is happening but you), Lulu Sleeps spins out into a non-linear dreamscape filled with rich and evocative movement and imagery. The Chicago Tribune refers to Lulu Sleeps as “Dreams re-imagined through a mysterious psychophysical language — an experience that is quite mesmerizing,” and the Chicago Reader notes, “Funny, grotesque, or strikingly lyrical, Rhoads’s choreography is beautifully executed.”