A Study On Effort attempts to reveal the pleasure and pervasiveness of effort, decoupling it from the concept of burden, and showing how deeply connected effort is to our most basic desires. The piece looks at effort through a lens that appreciates, even celebrates the connections between sound, body and duration. A Study On Effort was originally conceived by Bobbi Jene Smith in 2014 and has since had showings at Studio Varda, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Gibney Dance, and the Israel Museum. In 2016, Bobbi Jene and Keir GoGwilt collaborated on a new version of the show, which has been presented at the Luminato Festival in Toronto, PS 122's COIL Festival, and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.
"A hauntingly intimate piece that packs an emotional punch, A Study on Effort showcases an incredible collaboration between choreographer and musician." - Ryan Hudak, New York Theatre Review