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S. J. Ewing & Dancers
October 4, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Directed by S. J. Ewing; Performed by S. J. Ewing & Dancers; Choreographed by S. J. Ewing in collaboration with the artists. This performance by S. J. Ewing & Dancers is a co-presentation between CulturalDC and CityDance, with special guests from CityDance Conservatory.
Gallery, originally created in 2019 for a site-specific presentation at FlashDC, will be redeveloped for CulturalDC’s Source Theatre. The content of Gallery is woven together through different stories and experiences of womanhood, as well as the complexities of tensions between our internal desires and societies’ expectations of us. Performed by a cast of six female dancers, it is dedicated to the empowerment, fear, strength, resilience and vulnerability of women. The work is athletic and virtuosic with a score of house music driving it forward.
Gallery is about women making, exploring, and creating – and the audience watching and observing that process. The intensity of the highly physical movement vocabulary is heightened through the audience’s unrelenting observation of the dancers as they fight to complete the work.
Gallery does not attempt to create a fourth wall dividing the dancers and audience. Instead, it seeks to open up and directly explores the power play between the observer and the storyteller. By juxtaposing the performer’s empowerment in telling their own stories with the intense vulnerability of being under constant scrutiny from the audience, the work questions the lens society uses to hear female stories.
The audience experience of watching and observing such an intense work during which bodies are pushed to physical limits creates a live action gallery of living art: human art.