“ The Salts is music, dance, theater, performance art and social experiment all wrapped up in a chaotic and joyous hour of movement. "- Newcity; Kevin Greene

Drawing inspiration from live music experiences, The Salts is an evening length, immersive contemporary dance work with the spirit, prowess and explosive performances of iconic front(wo)men. Through movement, text, sound and direct audience engagement, the work became an exercise in the intimacies of a public vs. private persona. Sharing the bill with local bands and guest performers in a nightlife atmosphere, this work is an exercise in engaging dance audiences outside of the typical.  In the studio and on stage, The Salts functioned much like a band by collaborating and performing a set of high-velocity dances to distorted guitar, driving bass lines, wild vocals creating a kinetic energy - like seeing a band’s performance from the inside of the kick drum. 

Conceived + choreographed by | Erin Kilmurray in collaboration with Molly Brennan and performers Josh Anderson, Katie Graves + Mikey Rioux |   Sound Design by Mikhail Fiksel | Lighting Design by Heather Sparling | Set Design by John Holt | Costume by Eve Rydberg |Produced by The Inconvenience | Premiered at Collaboraction in May 2015. 


This work was created in support + residency with Links Hall, The University of Chicago, Salonathon and produced by The Inconvenience.

LISTEN : Vocalo Radio Interview; Kilmurray on The Salts process 

photography | Matthew Gregory Hollis

footage by | Nic Jones