A launch event for a new festival
THE MOVING MEMORY PROJECT
“Using Our Bodies to Make New Memories
and Connect to The Past”
Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup’s
A MY NAME IS…
A physical exploration of memory and forgetting
and selected films from the
Living With Alzheimer’s Film Project
Curated by David Shenk, author of “The Forgetting”
Aaron Davis Hall @ the City College of NY
129 Convent Avenue
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
performances at 11am and 6:30 pm
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Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup and David Shenk, bestselling author of The Forgetting: Alzheimer’s: Portrait of an Epidemic join forces to present the launch event for the new festival devoted to memory and forgetting with the special focus on Alzheimer’s. This inaugural event features, A, MY NAME IS…, a dance piece choreographed by Stefanie Nelson, exploring memory and forgetting inspired by her personal encounter with a family member’s dementia, as well as a selection of short films from the Living With Alzheimer’s Film Project, curated by David Shenk. This event will take place on January 23, 2019 at Aaron Davis Hall with performances at 11:00 am and 6:30 pm. Both shows will be followed by a discussion with invited panelists and a reception (evening show only).
The title of the dance piece 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 tells a story of memory and forgetting in a dance featuring three female performers who might or might not be the same woman in different stages of life and a male figure personifying the unpredictable force of life’s circumstances. Reminiscent of the way through which language is acquired and then retrogrades through aging, the structure translates Nelson’s experience with a family member’s dementia into an intricately layered multidisciplinary piece. Increasingly organized phrases peak and subsequently dissolve into disorientation – a visual metaphor for memory loss. 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.
“Joyous and heartbreaking… expansive and breathtaking… intimate and risky. The quality of the choreography and the dance itself is exquisite, while the exploration of memory loss is powerful and poignant. This stunning piece of dance theatre should not be missed.” – Adrienne Sowers, The Reviews Hub
“This heart-breaker is the only depiction of insanity that I have seen that makes any sense. I don’t know whether to congratulate Nelson for having done so with such devastating effectiveness or to hate her for confronting me with the brutal truth. See the work for yourself. Whatever price you pay, it’s worth it.” – Juan Michael Porter II, The Huffington Post
A, MY NAME IS… is performed by Christine Bonansea, Becca Loevy, Cameron McKinney and Emily Tellier. Additionally, Nelson brings together a team of international collaborators: the work features set design and stop-motion video by Stefanie Nelson made using photos by Elisa D’Amico (Italy), original music by composers Sahand Rahbar(Iran/Canada) and Jonah Kreitner (US), with light design by Kevin Scott (US).
Nelson’s piece will be intertwined with selections from short films from the Living With Alzheimer’s Film Project,curated by David Shenk. Among them will be UNDONE, by Hayley Morris, the winner of 2016 Jury Prize of this annual festival – a stop-motion animation inspired by the filmmaker’s grandfather, in which a drifting man struggles to pull objects from the sea below him and scrambles to keep the objects from slipping through his fingers. Another selection is Ruben Salazar’s VILLA MNEMÓSINE, a dreamlike story of a lonely woman who is concerned over some phenomena that occur in her increasingly more strange house.
*If you are unable to come to the 6:30pm performance, come to the 11am community performance.
The Moving Memory Project is made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the Manhattan Community Award Program (MCAP) from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s Office through the NYC Department for the Aging.
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 by the Barnard College Department of Dance, Exorto Danza, the Comune di Agropoli, Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Albumi e Vallo di Diano, BCC Comuni Cilentani, and Dance Italia.
photo by Maria Baranova