Working with these extraordinary, talented and dedicated artists has been such a rich, rewarding and stimulating experience. When Cassie and Ouida approached me about the collaboration, they told me that they had attended a performance THE HAMPTON YEARS at Theater J. They enjoyed the production and appreciated how I had incorporated history into the dramatic narrative. They weren't to know, until that meeting, that I had great respect for Rachel Carson and her work, and also a passion for dance dramaturgy. I knew right away that I wanted to work with Dance Exchange on this powerful and important new work.
FROM THE DESK OF RACHEL CARSON was a devised piece from the beginning. We knew that we wanted to explore the life, legacy and impact of Rachel Carson's writing through movement, sound, and text. We also knew that we wanted this exploration to be deeply personal, immediate and urgent. Our journey brought together a fusion of artists from the worlds of dance, sound, lighting, writing, dramaturgy, and acting. Our time each day began with movement and conversation about the work and the day's intention. We then examined Rachel's writing and created our own. We build movement around the text and then reflected on what we wanted to keep and what we let fall away. We worked at a steady, determined and productive pace. I'm honored and delighted to share our work today, but I'm also quite sad to say good-bye to them.
I've included everyone's bios and headshots along with a few more photos from our time together.
Meet the Artists
Modern Moves Festival
Sunday, January 5 at 4:00pm
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Saturday, January 4 at 8pm: alight dance theater, Bowen McCauley Dance , Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company , Daniel Burkholder/The PlayGround , Human Landscape Dance
Sunday, January 5 at 4pm: Company E, Dance Exchange, Jane Franklin Dance, Naoko Maeshiba/Kibism , Rebollar Dance, VTDance/Vincent E. Thomas
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