We feel like strangers in a strange world, but the sun came up and we were here.
In her newest international work, choreographer Colleen Thomas delves into the embodied experience of self, perception and connection in a climate of heightened political and social unrest.
The work has a stellar international cast:
Jenia Romanovich from Belarus, Daniel Belkin from the Ukraine, Krystian Lyson, Krystyna Lama Szydłowska, Monika Witowska, and Mikolaj Karczewski from Poland are dancing with Darrin Wright, Samantha Allen, and Dare Ayorinde from New York City.
but the sun came up and we were here asks if the expression of our individual essence, intuition and power can be the antidote to division in a fractured world.
Performers descend – at times invited, at times thrust – into an unknown, maybe unknowable, state. Change is constant and inevitable, nothing will hold. And yet, transformation is the place of connection, volatility offers possibility and disruption is a new beginning.
As the set comes to life around them, the performers find themselves grasping at connection, at unity, sensing what stirs each interaction and reaction. The imprint that remains in our bodies, our movement and our experience of the moment – and what we do with it – is key to creating and experiencing but the sun came up and we were here.
The performers, individual architecture and history collide with Thomas’ questions about the perception of self and human connection. What are the limits, or possibilities, of a sense of belonging amid rising fear and tension in an unsteady world?
The piece will premiere in Lublin, Poland thanks to Instytut Adama Mickiewicza, Lubelski Teatr Tańca, Centrum Kultury w Lublinie.
The piece is generously supported by The Trust for Mutual Understanding and Barnard College.
It will premiere in NYC in May 2019 at La Mama in the East Village.
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