A, MY NAME IS... (2017)
Concept/Direction/Costumes: Stefanie Nelson
Performers: Christine Bonansea, Julia Discenza, Cameron McKinney, Emily Tellier
Light Design: Solomon Weisbard
Original Music: Sahand Rahbar, Jonah Kreitner with an additional track by Matthias Kunzli
Stop Motion video edit: Stefanie Nelson, video photos: Elisa D'Amico
Project advisor: David Shenk, bestselling author of The Forgetting
Originating workshop cast: Erik Abbott-Main, Nicole von Arx w/ guest performers Elisa D'Amico and Piero Leccese
A playful exploration of memory and forgetting.
A, My Name Is… builds upon choreographic fragments culled from gestures based on memories of heightened experiences. Inspired by the phenomenon of gravity, the piece is set in a space littered with apples. The vocabulary in this dance grows in the same way as one’s language skills develop over time. This work is a reflection on aging and disappearing in relation to memory, movement, words, thoughts, and investigates physical notions of gravity, repetition, disappearance/presence.
Premiere: NYC, Theaterlab | December 7-10, 2017
A MY NAME IS... was 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.
Preview performances: Castello Angioino Aragonese (Agropoli, Italy) and Piazza San Frediano (Lucca, Italy), July 2016