It is a look into the physical transformation of how migration and immigration affects us physically, ideas and images of leaving something or someone behind, going to or towards a person or place, the struggle of achieving your goals or not, the choices you make alone or with support.
Centers on a disturbing notion that human diversity as we know it, could become extinct. At this point in 2012 it is scientifically possible to manipulate the genes of embryos. This technology in recent years has rapidly advanced and there is no end in sight. If you start to allow the majority to select their ‘preferred traits’ for future generations, there’s the possibility for all richness of diversity to be eliminated. The piece hopes to explore multiple representations, physical, and visual, audible, which can speak to the disappearances of sexual identities, physical and mental differences. If society would have had this power in the past, we wouldn’t have people like: Oscar Wilde, Virginia Wolf, Picasso, Beethoven, Stephen Hawking and John Nash.
A work for five dancers exploring the physical effects of migration and immigration, a pure movement investigation, the work is informed by ideas of group and individual transformations resulting from changes in place, relationships, and goals. Beginnings Forever Lost is set to a collage of music and text inspirations selected by Thompson. The work is performed by Emily Berry, Matt Cumbie, George Hirsch, Jin Ju Song-Begin, and Sara Roer. Costumes are by Mandarin Wu.