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The Murakami Cycle

photo by John Coombes

I can describe the well in minute detail. It lies precisely on the border where the meadow ends and the woods begin – a dark opening in the earth a yard across, hidden by grass. Nothing marks its perimeter – no fence, no stone curb (at least not one that rises above ground level). It’s nothing but a hole, a wide-open mouth. The stones of its collar have been weathered and turned a strange muddy-white. They are cracked and chunks are missing, and little green lizards slither into an open seam. You can lean over the edge and peer down to see nothing. All I know about the well is its frightening depth. It is deep beyond measuring, and crammed full of darkness, as if all the world’s darknesses have been boiled down to their ultimate density.

-Haruki Murakmi, in Norwegian Wood

Brooker and collaborators have completed seven performances of works from The Murakami Cycle, based on the writings of Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami and made in collaboration with composer Benjamin Dauer/Chimp|Logic. The last version, called Naoko's Dream, is a solo for Cayte Connell with chorus of dancers.

Naoko's Dream

Choreographed by Rachel Brooker
Danced by Cayte Connell with Rachel Brooker, Nancy Simpson Carter, ShaLeigh Comerford, Bridget Kelly and/or Heather Tatreau
Music by
Benjamin Dauer/Chimp Logic

Friday, October 21st, 2005 at LadyFest NC, Durham
Sunday, December 4th at The Field NC Fieldwork Showing, Durham Arts Council, NC
Saturday, December 10th at Legs Mechanical, Bickett Gallery, Raleigh
Saturday, December 17th at The Field Virginia Fieldwork Showing, Richmond, VA

photo by Mary DeCoster

photo of Rachel Brooker by Mary DeCoster

photo of Cayte Connell by Mary DeCoster

photo by Mary DeCoster

Field Well

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With dancers including Renay Aumiller, Rachel Brooker, Cayte Connell, Jamien Cjvetnicanin, ShaLeigh Comerford, Lucia Del Vecchio and Katie Hyde. Music by Benjamin Dauer/Chimp Logic


April 15th, 2005, at The New Deal: Wellness Partners in the Arts, Durham, NC
June 18th at Multiple Exposure: Dance and Images, Durham Arts Council
June 25th, Acts to Follow, American Dance Festival, Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University

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