My original choreographic ideas pertaining to this work were derived from memories of my grandfather who was a veteran of World War II. This is a conversational piece with my grandmother and her best friend about how my grandfather lost his life in World War II. For this, the title Ashes of 1943 was created to represent the remains that my grandmother received after my grandfather’s death. This piece has been cast with two female dancers. I can modify some of the sections of the dance while still maintaining the conversational piece with my grandmother and her best friend. The music used for Ashes of 1943 is “Metamorphosis” by Philip Glass (rearranged and performed by Daniel Bernard Roumain). This music selection will remain the same for the revisions of Ashes of 1943. The work is currently timed at approximately 7:24 and I do not see this length changing.