A playful, physical exploration of memory and forgetting.
@ Theaterlab | December 7-10, 2017
The title A MY NAME IS... refers to an ABC rhyming game which trains children to build their skills in coordinating physical and verbal tasks. The New York-based choreographer Stefanie Nelson employs a similar rhythmic progression as the main structural axis of her piece. Reminiscent of the way through which the language is acquired and then retrogrades through aging, she translates her experience with a family member's dementia into an intricately layered multidisciplinary piece. Nelson makes ample use of apple imagery as a loaded cultural reference evoking the loss of beauty and/or innocence, passage of time, gravity, and decay.
"I started this process with the question: how can I physically investigate the experience of literally losing oneself," explains Nelson. "I hope people will walk away with a desire to ask more questions and confront what it means to live while the past is slipping away."
Along with performers, Christine Bonansea, Julia Discenza, Cameron McKinney, and Emily Tellier, Nelson brings together a team of international collaborators. The work features stop-motion video by Elisa D'Amico (Italy), original music by composers Sahand Rahbar (Iran/Canada) and Jonah Kreitner (US), with set and light design by Solomon Weisbard (US). The special advisor for the project is David Shenk, a bestselling author of The Forgetting: Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic.
A MY NAME IS... is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; in part, with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; with additional support from Exorto Danza, the Comune di Agropoli, Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Albumi e Vallo di Diano, BCC Comuni Cilentani, Arte e Danza Arabesque and Dance Italia.