NETWORK, a new piece of ensemble-devised dance theater work, was created for Berkeley Dance Project 2017.
Director/ Choreographer: Krista DeNio
Assistant Choreographer: Catalina Biggerstaff
Co-created and Performed by: Zack Mitchel Brazina, Josh Brooks, Jeremy Brooks, Amy Cranch, Amainary Contreras, Angie Corley, Beatrice Hadjipateras, Yesenia Gonzalez, Heather Jackson, Chyna Star Kane-Ross, Michelle Layne Leunberger, Ivette Martinez, Julie Anne Pagaduan, Misa Tanaka.
Sound design: Ben Juodvalkis
Lighting design: Jack Carpenter
Set design: Justine Law
Costume design: Wendy Sparks
Inspired by systems of communication and confinement in human and plant life, from the neural networks in the human brain, to tree root systems, human and tree families, the piece considers the nature of interdependence as inherent to our very survival. Drawing on research, personal narratives, interviews, ensemble writing and movement explorations, NETWORK brings forward stories of formerly incarcerated individuals — who have experienced confinement and the results of being cut off from life-sustaining systems. Ultimately the piece celebrates our potential to survive and thrive in the face of systemic oppression and confinement through individual and community acts of resistance and resilience.