Burn it Backwards – Skinner/Kirk Dance Ensemble – Mars 2017

 

Burn it Backwards – Skinner/Kirk Dance Ensemble – Mars 2017

“We’ve been talking about using music by Elliott Smith for many years. We have this sort of orbit of connections to Elliott and his music. Elliott’s life is dark and troubled. He came from a very dark place in his head, and if you pay attention to his lyrics you see that. It’s painful. Our history is different than that, thankfully. So, rather than try to tell a biographical story of Elliott’s life through his music, which is something we couldn’t possibly understand, we decided to tell our own story using his music and lyrics as inspiration.”

Daniel Kirk

“Yeah, actually, we bought our house a while ago, and right around the time we moved in he had either just moved out, or was there for a little bit—but he lived in a house right across the street from us. I don’t think we ever met him, but we may have seen him. Then, after he passed away, his ashes were put in one of the rose gardens in Ladd’s Addition, which is right across the street from where we live. So, there was that kind of synergy flowing around. Then, one of my best friends from when I was growing up brought up the fact that he represents Elliott’s estate. There were all these really weird connections here and there that kept feeding into the kitty of doing this project… One of his parents still lives here in town—his father and his wife. They’re going to come to the show.”

Eric Skinner

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