Dates/Time: 12/07/17 - 12/10/17
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Space: Theaterlab | Theater
Stefanie Nelson dancegroup presents
A My Name is…
December 7 – 10
Thursday Gala at 8pm | Tickets $50
Friday at 8pm | Saturday at 3pm & 8pm | Sunday at 3pm | Tickets $25
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A physical exploration of memory and forgetting
“We need this piece – desperately. I’m so grateful to Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup for confronting dementia with such passion and curiosity. Works like this can help the world think and talk about Alzheimer’s in important new ways.” – David Shenk, author of the national bestseller The Forgetting: Alzheimer’s, Portrait of an Epidemic
The title A MY NAME IS… refers to an ABC rhyming game which trains children to build their skills in coordinating physical and verbal tasks. The New York based choreographer Stefanie Nelson employs a similar rhythmic progression as the main structural axis of her piece. Reminiscent of the way through which the language is acquired and then retrogrades through aging, she translates her experience with a family member’s dementia into an intricately layered multidisciplinary piece. Increasingly organized phrases peak and subsequently dissolve into disorientation – a visual metaphor for memory loss. Nelson makes ample use of apple imagery as a loaded cultural reference evoking the loss of beauty and/or innocence, passage of time, gravity, and decay.
Performers: Christine Bonansea, Julia Discenza, Cameron McKinney, and Emily Tellier
Original music: Jonah Kreitner (US), Sahand Rahbar (Iran/Canada)
Set and lighting design: Solomon Weisbard (US).
Stop-motion video: Elisa D’Amico (Italy)
Project Special Advisor: David Shenk
A MY NAME IS… is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; in part, with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; with additional support from Exorto Danza, the Comune di Agropoli, Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Albumi e Vallo di Diano, BCC Comuni Cilentani, Arte e Danza Arabesque and Dance Italia.