Choreographer Adele Myers is a born risk-taker. Her new dance theater project, “Einstein’s Happiest Thought,” which will be performed at the Institute of Contemporary Art Friday and Saturday, explores not just the idea of risk, but more potently, the anticipation of risk. Ropes crisscross the stage, and ladders big and small are scattered about. Balances look precarious, and dancers examine concepts of falling – falling down, falling over, falling in love, falling into debt. The evening-length work was created in collaboration with composer Josh Quillen, lighting and visual designer Kathy Couch, filmmaker Emmy Pickett, and dramaturg Ain Gordon. Institute of Contemporary Art director of public programs David Henry, a champion of Myers’s work, hopes the museum will add momentum to the choreographer’s path toward major national acclaim.
Myers, whose company is now based in the New Haven area, chatted recently before setting off on the National Dance Project tour of her latest work.