Concerto + Adoration brings together two pieces choreographed by Joshua Beamish. Concerto is a playful, virtuosic solo, set to a full Bach concerto, exploring of the attraction to watching, the narcissism of performance, desire and objectification, as relative to the relationship between a solo performer and an audience.
Adoration was originally created for Lloyd Knight, a Principal Dancer of Martha Graham Dance Company. The piece explores the notion of adoration – from the Latin adōrātiō, meaning «to give homage or worship to someone or something» – respect, reverence, strong admiration or devotion in a certain person, place, or thing. In classical Rome, adoration was primarily an act of worship, which, among the Romans, was performed by raising the hand to the mouth, kissing it and then waving it in the direction of the adored object. The devotees kissed the feet or knees of the images of the gods themselves. By a natural transition the homage, at first paid to divine beings alone, came to be paid to the Greek and Roman emperors. In Eastern countries, adoration has been performed in an attitude still more lowly. The Persian method, introduced by Cyrus the Great, was to kiss the knee and fall on the face at the prince’s feet, striking the earth with the forehead and kissing the ground.