by Jon Santiago
If Erté, Gustav Klimt, Carl Jung and Tom Ford conspired to create a dance work, the result might resemble A Crack in Everything.
Choreographer Zoe Scofield and visual artist Juniper Shuey mesmerize their audience with the stuff of dreams and nightmares. They create beautiful images. In fact, there are so many textures on the stage that as the production unfolds it all becomes rather tangled up in itself. Teasing out the significant threads poses a challenge.
For the purpose of further evaluating my own experience with A Crack in Everything, I went looking for some outside help. The dream-like nature of the show immediately tilted my search in that direction.
Online, I found just the thing — dream dictionaries. Which one to use? Each dream dictionary has a definite angle on all the interpretations given. Folkloric, psychological, whimsical, New Agey. Since A Crack in Everything has a well-defined style about itself, I chose the dream dictionary from Glamour magazine.
I made a list of relevant words to search. Red, white, gold, string (or thread), dogs, nudity, gauze (or veil, — for that gauzy stage curtain). I could have made this list a lot longer. But, you know, I have a deadline.
Glamour's dream dictionary page featured one of those lists so beloved of popular magazines, a Top-(some number) list. Glamour listed the Top 20 Most Popular Dream Symbols. There, I was able to find two of my search words right away. Slotting in at number 18: Dog, followed by number 19: Naked.
Here are the definitions the dream dictionary gives.
Red: Bright red is a warning to curb your temper; deep red forecasts unexpected good news.
White: White is a certain promise of success in all that concerns you.
Gold: Gold cloth, garments, embroidery or trimmings signify honors and/or recognition.
String: A dream of bits of string or of struggling to save used string suggests you may be suffering some form of sexual repression or repressed fear; you may want to talk to a counselor.
Thread: If you dreamed of tangling it, you will learn a secret of an embarrassing nature.
Dog: As a general rule dogs in a dream are a good omen and symbolize friends. Of course, the interpretation varies according to the action and other details in the dream… if [the dog] barked fiercely, you are being warned of possible legal troubles. To see dogs fighting indicates that you may be called on to arbitrate in an argument between friends, in which case you must be extra tactful to avoid ending up the odd man out.
Naked: If the nakedness was your own, you can expect a stroke of money luck or an improvement in circumstances. But dreaming of others being naked suggests that you will inadvertently uncover a deception within your close circle.
Veil: To dream of a veil suggests that you are engaged in or contemplating some activity that is contrary to your principles; better think it over before you go any further. To dream of a torn veil indicates the revelation of a mystery or a secret.
Gauze: A dream featuring gauze curtains, draperies or garments warns of some repressed resentment that you would be wise to get off your chest.
There you have it. A Crack in Everything, decoded.
Hope that helps.