This seed, shared in early process at Movement Research at the Judson Church, will become the sequel to "s o u n d i n g line," the 'dance for the container of a home' which we developed at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanic Gardens. This is an initial movement exploration; additional layers of meaning will eventually come from its setting, visual design, and an original, live electronic score by composer Angélica Negrón.
“s o u n d i n g line” is a corporeal exploration into the imagined histories of female ancestors. It asks what it means to belong as a woman to a family line: what is the interplay between caregiving and loneliness; does inter-generational experience persist into present embodiment? Within Snug Harbor’s historic cottage, four performers create, inhabit and transform a recalling of individual and collective pasts through movement, shadow play, and manipulation of simple elements — cloth, rope, paper, and light. Turning attention toward domestic experiences that are often left out of the language and record of written history—and doing so in body, through dance, through intimate, physical nearness, in a home—celebrates affective labor in a way that is uniquely pertinent to it. “s o u n d i n g line” lives in this space.