Connecting Our Journeys
The steps the we take to learn about your community and the events it has gone through to a create a piece that the community can relate to, to help their healing process.
We visit the community that we will be working with and creating a performance for. We meet with people from area, conduct interviews with people willing to speak, we visit the specific place the event that took place and we get a strong feeling for how the community is doing as a whole.
This picture is from our first visit to SandyHook, CT.
We review the information from our trip to the community and put the story together. We than get to know more about the communities history and what it was like before the event and after the event. We do this through old news articles, books (if available), and more interviews. At this point we have also begun to pick out music for the dances and started looking at areas in the community to perform.
This picture is of a peace crane made by an EPDT dancer and placed on a name at the 9/11 memorial.
We may visit the community a few more times and piece together all of the information collected. We pick a location in the community to perform. We have also started creating movement that reflect the emotions gone through by those affected.
This picture was taken from the descending escalator into the 9/11 museum.
This begins the rehearsal process of putting the performance pieces up on its feet. The dancers learn the material created from the inspiration from all of the time spent with the community and its members.
The performance in the community! It can take a couple of months to get to this point but there will always be a performance at the end of the process. And the entire process from beginning to end is helpful and healing for the community.
This picture was taken during a performance of "A Difference Maker."