development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre)
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Premiere of "but the sun came up and we were here" by Colleen Thomas during International Dance Theatres Festival (Lublin, Poland)
November 16 and 17, 2018
We feel like strangers in a strange world, but the sun came up and we were here.
In her newest international work, choreographer Colleen Thomas delves into the embodied experience of self, perception and connection in a climate of heightened political and social unrest. With its international cast – including dancers from Poland, Ukraine, Belarus and the U.S. – “but the sun came up and we were here” asks if the expression of our individual essence, intuition and power can be the antidote to division in a fractured world.
In this new, full evening-length work, the performers’ individual architecture and history collide with Thomas’ questions about the perception of self and human connection. What are the limits –or possibilities—of a sense of belonging amid rising fear and tension in an unsteady world?
direction: Colleen Thomas
choreography: Colleen Thomas with performers
performers: Samantha Allen, Oluwadamilare (Dare) Ayorinde, Daniil Bielkin, Mikołaj Karczewski, Krystian Lyson, Evgenia (Jenya) Romanovich, Krystyna Lama Szydłowska, Monika Witkowska, Darrin Wright.
music: Robert Boston
lighting: Rebecca Makus
costumes: Rachel Jones Bellas
local partners: Adam Mickiewicz Intitute, 22nd of International Dance Theatres Festival, Centre for Culture in Lublin
USA partners: Trust for Mutual Understanding, Bernard College
duration: 55 min