Work-in-Progress Excerpts from "HER"
Produced by Dancing in the Streets Festival / Somerville Arts Council
Based in the personal experiences of the Artistic Directors, HER began as a series of duets exploring the intense dynamics between women that lead to bullying and it’s traumatic after effects. After every performance of the duets, crying women would wait to speak with them and talk about their own experiences. Galvanized by these powerful conversations, DeAnna and Ingrid were inspired to turn these duets into an evening length work. HER is a contemporary dance production that explores the experiences of women and girls of all ages.
This narrative journey weaves together powerful, multi-sensory images depicting aggression, bullying, friendship, love, conformity, identity, and isolation, demonstrating the varied and powerful pathways that women walk as they relate to each other and their world. It has grown to include 8 professional dancers, 2 children and a chorus of 30 women from the community. Featuring digital-media, sets, theater lighting and couture costumes, HER is a compelling testament to the beauty, power, fragility and strength of women.
(Lighting & Set Designer)