Reconciliation, Performance Description

Curating a show that traces ancestral pathways and values, the fight to stay close to the earth, and those who abandoned her to build empire. The production involves live dance and music, interactive multimedia sound and performance installation, bodies extended through puppetry, and video projection. From our experience in all of these media we know that the blend draws a larger audience, and the immersive component can deeply touch people and communicate our themes.

The inspiration for the work is the culmination of many years working in community, developing skills, and believing in the power of the arts. Specifically, we know that art lets people dream about liberation and at its best, inspires them to action. Art that showcases diverse voices and faces, especially so. Dance and music, both as performance (through mirror neurons) and as an invitation to join in, bring people back into their bodies, which is the first step in healing from trauma. Being physically centered makes us more present to the needs of others.

Current members of In Divine Company include founder and choreographer Pampi, performer and resident composer Mattia Mauree, dance technologist and experimental video artist Stephanie Houten, puppeteer Dey Hernandez, and costumer and illustrator Ankana. We have other dancers waiting in the wings as needed and when stipends secured.

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Curating a show that traces ancestral pathways and values, the fight to stay close to the earth, and those who abandoned her to build empire. The production involves live dance and music, interactive multimedia sound and performance installation, bodies extended through puppetry, and video projection. From our experience in all of these media we know that the blend draws a larger audience, and the immersive component can deeply touch people and communicate our themes.

The inspiration for the work is the culmination of many years working in community, developing skills, and believing in the power of the arts. Specifically, we know that art lets people dream about liberation and at its best, inspires them to action. Art that showcases diverse voices and faces, especially so. Dance and music, both as performance (through mirror neurons) and as an invitation to join in, bring people back into their bodies, which is the first step in healing from trauma. Being physically centered makes us more present to the needs of others.

Current members of In Divine Company include founder and choreographer Pampi, performer and resident composer Mattia Mauree, dance technologist and experimental video artist Stephanie Houten, puppeteer Dey Hernandez, costumer and illustrator Ankana, and dancer Gayathri Jacey Thandi (we have other dancers waiting in the wings as needed, and Pampi and Mattia also perform dance).

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The first of two formal performances we envision outdoors at Schoolmaster Hill in Franklin Park in September. Our portable “theater in a box” with dance floor and vertical staging will clearly frame a 40-minute musical dance theater performance followed by 20 minutes of facilitated community theater. It will feel like an engaged community event, because we always encourage our audience to participate through dialogue, interactive dance technology, and a ceremony that includes food. While we will sell advanced tickets, we love outdoor performances because new audiences can literally wander in and experience snippets.

The second performance will be in a black box theater at Boston University by December 2019. This means the pieces will have been workshopped and performed in some form repeatedly, and our goal is to sink into and capture the meditative quality that is In Divine Company’s signature aesthetic. It will feel more like an intimate, traditional performance. We realize two large performances are ambitious for this particular grant, but we see it as a building process that continues over several years.

Our three open rehearsals in public spaces are another way we plan to reach community members who may not otherwise have access to ticketed performances.

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