NOW-ID’s fourth major site-specific performance of contemporary dance and design took place July 27, 28 & 29th at Marriott Center for Dance in Salt Lake City and then at the Copenhagen Opera Festival August 2 and 3rd and at Fyn's Opera in Odense, Denmark August 5, 6th 2016.
EXODUS was co-produced by NOW-ID and the Figura Ensemble of Copenhagen, Denmark:
Choreographed by Charlotte Boye-Christensen
Directed by Rolf Heim
Composed by Peter Bruun
Stage design by Nathan Webster
Lighting by Cole Adams
Writing by Ursula Olsen
Performed by Musicians: Jesper Egelund, Frans Hansen, Anna Klett
Performed by Opera Singers: Jakob Bloch Jespersen and Nana Bugge Rasmussen
Performed by Dancers: Tara McArthur, Katherine Lawrence and Adrian Fry (courtesy of Ballet West)
EXODUS focuses on the human necessity to move, whether because of persecution, poverty, religious beliefs or opportunity/adventure. It is a 60-minute long multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural work, involving 15 local and international artists, original choreography, opera, music, design, and contemporary dance. The work explores the implications of "exodus" - a mass movement, a coming together both in spite of and because of diversity—regarding what we may learn in collective experience, in spectacle, about collective identity. The arc of the performance is informed by the trajectory of the experience of EXODUS:
EXODUS, like its collaborators, takes a both an international and domestic perspective. EXODUS will explore human migration and movement, a topical subject nationally in political debate, and globally - most pressingly observed in the exodus from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe.