McKnight Artist Fellow | January 7 - 18, 2019
Susana di Palma, a McKnight Fellow and Founder and Artistic Director of Zorongo Flamenco Dance based in Minneapolis, MN, will be in residence at MANCC for the first time to further the development of a new contemporary flamenco duet titled Casita. This new work emanates from stories collected from homeless women and intends to explore what “home” means in various contexts and the experience of what it is like to live an alternative lifestyle, without shelter.
di Palma and dancer Jeanne D'Arc Casas of Puerto Rico, will be accompanied by gospel/jazz vocalist Tonia Hughes, jazz/blues pianist Billy Steele and flamenco guitarists/vocalists who each will compose and perform original materials for the work. di Palma will also work with Ojibwe artist Jonathan Thunder who will create an animation of the declining journey from home (a doll house), to various alternative housing, to the street.
The work’s content is central to di Palma, who is a volunteer at St. Stephen’s Homeless Shelter in Minneapolis and has listened deeply to those in residence there, and observed their individual difficulties in striving to survive without a home. At the heart of this work is the examination of what “home” means to individuals.
Five performances of Casita are scheduled at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis in April 2019, as part of Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theater’s season, What the Moon Sees. The premiere of Casita will be interwoven into the evening program with other contemporary flamenco works.
This residency was supported, in part, by a partnership with McKnight Choreographer Fellowships, funded by The McKnight Foundation and administered by The Cowles Center For Dance & The Performing Arts.