"If I Were You - Project Israel" was performed October 2015 at Dominican University of CA's Angelico Concert Hall, San Rafael, CA.
Concept and Direction: Casey Lee Thorne
Choreography: Casey Lee Thorne and Dancers
Set Design: Lisa Boling Huntsman
Music Composition: Ben Juodvalkis and Various Artists
Dancers: Linda Steele, Maddie Matuska, Yoshie Fujimoto Kateada, Mallory Markham, Brittany Hernandez, Christiana Roberts, Julie Ann Gambino, Rossi Lamont Walter Jr., Casey Lee Thorne
This performance featured a collaboration with set designer Lisa Boling Huntsman and composer Ben Juodvalkis. The first international iteration of this long-term outreach project, Artistic Director Casey Lee Thorne spent her Fulbright Fellowship to Israel 2014-2015 conducting free community engagement workshops throughout Israeli and Palestinian Territories, to examine the role of dance in self-discovery and community-building. The set design is composed of hundreds of specially designed cards which contain the written reflections of our workshop participants about what dancing connects them to, with translations on the reverse side. These words served as the primary source of inspiration for the choreographic process. The set design is formed in the shape of silhouettes of faces looking towards one another and away, with the center faces joined as one head, to show the symbolism of cultural similarities and differences. This project was supported by The Fulbright Program, Dominican University of CA, Ca$h a program of Theatre Bay Area, and our Kickstarter donors.