Cassils For This Artist, the Medium Is the Body

The New York Times Oct 21, 2021

MANCHESTER, England — Rolling, scrubbing, shoving and stroking: The dance piece “Human Measure,” which premiered here earlier this month, is filled with bodies touching.

Performed by the multimedia artist Cassils and five other mostly nude dancers, the choreography alternates between sensuously intimate and hedonistically frenetic. The tone set by low, red lighting and a droning, instrumental soundtrack is interrupted by intermittent photographic flashes that leave a blinding retinal burn in their wake: Is the audience seeing too much, or not enough?

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