The line comes from Victor Hugo's Cosette: "No one ever keeps a secret so well as a child." After interviewing friends and acquaintances about the things they've kept from parents, both as kids and later as adults, choreographer Leah Wilks has been reflecting on the nature and implications of secrets: the individual, family and societal expectations that keep us from revealing important parts of our lives to those nearest us, and how our communities, and even our own bodies, react when we keep a secret and when we let it go.
Wilks is currently collaborating with video/ documentary artist Jon Haas and a quintet of dancers on a performance piece incorporating dance, music, text, video and design. The completed work premieres in October at the Trotter Building, but the group reveals some of its secrets—and gives the public a chance to participate in its development—in a performance tonight at The Carrack. We'll encounter the work's full installation of multimedia and design, and see scenes performed from the dance work. We'll also have the chance to share a few secrets of our own, interactively. Admission is free; disclosure starts at 8 p.m. —Byron Woods