Choreographic Fellow | September 6-27, 2010
Dining Alone and Pity Party
Throughout her upbringing as a Cuban-American daughter of a cook and restaurant-owner in Miami, Herrera had a particularly empathetic and undeniable visceral feeling toward watching others dine alone. These feelings triggered a larger search related to attitudes about dining situations, loneliness, isolation and aging. In preparation for Dining Alone, she sought to deconstruct her personal attitude/perspective and gather a broader cultural and generational views on these subject matters. At MANCC, Herrera held dialogue with a culturally diverse group of performers (drag queens, actors, dancers, break dancers and burlesque performers), who were all first or second generation immigrants and with Tallahassee community members and interlaced the conversations and findings into movement improvisations to begin shaping Dining Alone.
She also continued exploring the development of Pity Party.
Dining Alone premiered at American Dance Festival July 27-29, 2011.