Tim Tate Collaborates with Bettmann Dance Company


Glass sculptor & video artist Tim Tate has collaborated with the dance company Bettmann Dances in the production of their newest performance work “Quis Custodiet” – which opens at Woolly Mammoth Theatre this Friday, Sept 2nd.

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The Bettmann Dances performance, titled “Quis Custodiet ” refers to the Latin phrase “Quis Custodiet Ipsus Custodet,” meaning “Who Shall Watch the Watchers Themselves”. Tim’s videos create the backdrop for the dance.

Bettmann Dances’ Juan Michael rehearses (Katherine Frey/Washington Post)

According to Rob Bettmann, Artistic Director, the performance is intended to create a conversation about “what security means to us and how we pursue it.”

The dance, in three sections, starts with a retelling of the Adam and Eve story, comparing Eve to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and examining the question of too much information made public can be dangerous.

“I am not trying to moralize one way or the other” Bettman says, “I don’t understand how terrible things happen. As an artist, it’s easy to describe a problem. It is harder to suggest a solution.”

Premier of Quis Custodiet by Bettmann Dances

Woolly Mammoth Theatre

641 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

September 2 · 7:00pm 10:00pm

Tickets are $25, $15 for students and teachers. To purchase online visit http://quis.bettmanndances.com/

Dance by: Michelle Maleh, Caroline Yost, Juan Michael Porter II, and Susan Steinman;

Videos by Tim Tate;

Costumes by Amy Carr-Taylor;

Quis poster by Johanna Mueller