Sayonara, Dear is an elegantly eccentric dance/video drama reflecting on states of being at the edges of existence. Through continually shifting kinetic designs drawn from silent movies as well as from the orientalist strains in early modern dance, images of endless loss and longing are layered with Ms. Pearson's new monologue of her 88-year old mother's sexual attraction to her male caregiver. Jamie James Wenger’s Japanese chiyogami video (designed in collaboration with Pearson and Widrig) sets a vivid environment for the choreography, intensifying the exploration of what is hidden and what is revealed.
Choreography, Text, Performance, Set Design: Sara Pearson, Patrik Widrig
Original Sound Score: Karinne Keithley
Video Design: Jamie James Wenger, in collaboration with Sara Pearson & Patrik Widrig
Costume Design by: Tzveta Kassabova
Lighting Design: Tony Giovannetti
Preview: The Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, New York City, April 10-12, 2008
Funding Credits: Created and performed with the generous support provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Harkness and Sequoia Foundations, Jon Wiener, and the Friends of PWDT.
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