Visiting Artist | January 21 - February 3, 2018
Rambler, Worlds Worlds A Part
In her latest evening-length work Rambler, Worlds Worlds A Part, choreographer Kathy Westwater explores pain and the body, including the pain of others. Having begun this exploration over twenty years ago, in this latest investigation Westwater invites dance artists in the work to consider their personal experiences of pain and trauma. While contemplating if it is possible to fully express the experience of one’s own pain — and its opposite, bliss — or to fully grasp that of others, the cast of dancers responds to and celebrates the profound music of post-minimalist composer Julius Eastman.
The premiere of Rambler, … will feature performances by dancers Ilona Bito, Thomas DeFrantz, Alex Romania, Rakia Seaborn, Paul Singh, Stacy Lynn Smith, and Westwater, with a special appearance by musician and composer M Lamar. Additional collaborating artists are architect Seung Jae Lee as set designer, lighting designer Roderick Murray, and dramaturg Melanie George.
Dance artists in this project will also look beyond their personal experiences through two creative workshops they will teach within a community of Black, gay men in Jackson, Mississippi where an AIDS/HIV epidemic is currently occurring. There they will share through workshops and an open rehearsal of Rambler, … how in this project they process pain so that participants too might explore creativity as a response to pain, and the forms of oppression, racial and homophobic, that have contributed to the circumstances underlying the epidemic. These activities will be hosted by Southern Echo, a community organizing group in Jackson with historic roots in the civil rights movement.
During her residency at MANCC Westwater will complete the final stage of research for this work, addressing how we express what may seem inexpressible, how experiential phenomena give rise to embodied form, and how we encounter beauty. As a part of MANCC’s Embedded Writers Initiative, Westwater and her collaborators will be joined by writer Allie Tepper.
Rambler, Worlds Worlds A Part will premiere at New York Live Arts February 14, 15 & 16, 2019 as part of the Lumberyard in the City Series, and then will be shared with audiences in Jackson, MS.
This residency is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.