Performance works

The Episodes I

The Episodes 1



Description:  The Episodes is a movement research/ performance experiment led by Brontez Purnell. The piece is interested in calling on the narration of the everyday chores as sacred and also the dichotomy of feelings in real time vs. the outward image we portray for protection. Does an enhanced sense of personal attractiveness really get us off the hook? Are we fooling anybody with this? Are we fooling nobody? The dancers aim to create a silent dialoge with the audience via eye contact and breathing to regulate the exchange or put simply this performance notices that its being noticed. Wink. The ultimate goal of the experience is to blur, destroy, (and most importantly) recreate the sacred repetitiveness of the everyday ritual of being human.


Choreographer: Brontez Purnell in Collaboration w/ Sophia Wang and Anthony Lucas | Performers: Sophia Wang, Anthony Lucas, Brontez Purnell | Premiered: The Garage SF, March 2013 | Support: THEOFFCENTER | Photos: Robbie Sweeny


The Episodes 1 – A Performance Event by Brontez Purnell Dance Company – Video Capture: Mark McBeth |Performers: Oscar Io, Jesse Hewit, Larry Arrington, Brontez Purnell, Caleb McLoud, Lauren Ebaugh, Jason Graf, Sophia Wang | Projections by: Sophia Wang | Live Drums and Congas by Adan Ortega Diaz and K.B. Tuffnstuff | Fanfare Score by Josh Lindy and Brontez Purnell |Music: Wendy Rene “Give You What I Got” | Dottie Cambridge “He’s About A Mover” | Younger Lovers “Boy From Leeds” remix | Rock Flawless by Taji Malik and Brontez Purnell |  Pillow Fight Movie- Shot by Sophia Wang edited by Indigo Io |Text by Brontez Purnell except “Mushrooms” by Sylvia PlathSpecial thanks to Jesse Carlo Parsons,  Bob Burnside, and Ernesto Sopprani


“…as the dance moves through narratives concerning everyday movements elevated to ritual and the specter of vanity. What we get is a lot of clothing removed and donned, unexpected movement, tangos with weight benches, holy grooming, mentholated spit, and a fantastic piece that seemed, […] to illustrate the horrible human propensity to make a giant mess out of things, clean it all up and then of course make the same giant mess out of it.” – Radar Productions [See entire article here]