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"Pantomime Grasshopper" (2002) for percussion and two voices

The head of a pantomime horse sees the world and decides where to go. The tail follows, trusting that the head won't lead into an untenable situation. The head hopes that the tail won't peek through the belly to see what's going on or run off in another direction. A pantomime grasshopper is like a pantomime horse with six legs.

Over the course of this piece, performers are placed in different hierarchical relationships with each other and in situations with varying degrees of freedom and risk. How do they, as individuals, react to their changing roles?