American Realness


Pain Threshold

Presented by Gibney


Thursday, January 10, 3:00pm & 6:30pm
Friday, January 11, 4:00pm & 7:30pm
Saturday, January 12, 4:30pm & 8:00pm

60 minutes

Gibney, The Lab
280 Broadway (Entrance at 53A Chambers Street)

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What happens when we don’t know which end of care-taking we’re actually on? Select audience members are invited to follow Perel’s pattern of scar tissue in a delicate choreography where dance becomes the body’s unfurling. Pain Threshold examines the mutuality between one who gives care, and one who receives it, pulling apart the problematic nature of power within these roles. Is it possible to witness another person’s pain, be it physical or emotional, without the impulse to either save, solve, turn away, or reject? If we can release the shame about our pain, we can release the narratives we’ve been given that tell us otherwise. Perel is willing to surrender for the cause.

The development and research for Pain Threshold has been supported by Movement Research where Perel is the 2018-2020 Mertz-Gilmore Artist-in-Residence, Gibney where Perel is a 2018 Dance In Process artist, and Sophiensaele, Berlin where Perel is the International Artist in Residence. The world premiere of Pain Threshold is co-presented with Tanztage Berlin 2019.

Photo by Eric McNatt