My name is Erin Pryor artistic director of Erin Pryor Dance Theatre. From a very young age I knew that I wanted to be a creator, a helper. I wanted to bring art to audiences that would allow them to see the world through clearer eyes. I created Erin Pryor Dance Theatre in March of 2013 to bring dance performances to communities who needed help after a great loss or change in their life.
I started my work of creating healing performances during my senior year in college when I had to write my thesis paper. My family was greatly changed and affected by 9/11 and my mentor had mentioned that a performance for 9/11 would be a good place to start. I started by attending the memorial for the first time. It was the 10th anniversary and although it was an extrodinarily emotional day it was emotionally touching in a way difficult to put into words. This experience is what inspired me to continue with the process of creating a performance to help people heal from 9/11.
After attending the memorial I read a great deal of books written by people who surivived the attacks and recalled what they experienced. I spoke with a great deal of survivors and family members of those who were lost. I revisited the 9/11 tribute center, the memorial pools, the Trinity Church and other important land marks in the World Trade Center vacinity. I took everything I learned, experienced and read and began creating movement for the performance. After 3 months of rehearsals and about 8 months of research the performance was up on its feet.
"The Noise Between the Silence" was performed for the first time April 2012. In the audience were people who lost family members, experienced the attacks, responded as emergency service personel and others who watched the attacks from their TV screens as so many had. There were audible crys coming from the audience during the 30 minute performance but what happened at those moments was breath taking. Audience members surrounding those crying would comfort them as the performance continued- this is what these performances are meant to do, bring people together.
"The Noise Between the Silence" has been performed since that first time in April of 2012 and has received the same responses each time. We will continue to bring this performance to those who will benefit from the safe space that is created to express their feelings and thoughts.
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