Glen Whitehead – composer, performer Ormao Dance Co.
Following phase I of PRESS, a site-specific performance in the old Gazette newspaper building, in Spring 2016, composer / improviser / instrumentalist Glen Whitehead and the ORMAO Dance Company presents phase II of this project “PREPRESS.” Through choreographic action, live music and video projections, PRESS in Spring 2016 explored the building’s environs, the loss of labor and remaining specters in this cavernous abandoned building – Glen Whitehead and Randy Bowen’s sound world was made of the environs and atmosphere; massive and many printing machines in constant motion, sound reflecting off the cement resting nowhere while people moved and grooved to keep the pace.
In phase II, PREPRESS remembers the heyday of the newspaper industry and revivifies a time when pressmen and reporters were essential to our knowledge of current events. The music in PREPRESS takes this cue and focuses on intensive human communication and fast moving face-to-face interactions. PREPRESS is both nostalgic and uncompromising in its evocation of the newspaper’s glory days.