#GirlOccupied is a direct response to a fictional story written by Alison Weaver, Executive Editor of H.O.W Journal. The short story explores the psychological effects of our current political climate and the blurred line between fighting for justice and committing acts of unconscionable proportions, and motivations that drove a young girl to cross it.
September 2018 (Premiere)
The work is inspired by natural lines, intersections, vast openness, the architectural elements of landscapes. Jesse Keller Jason and Alison Manning create a moving landscape of bodies, manipulating and inhabiting the space simultaneously, playing with and adjusting the audience’s perspective, allowing the viewer to take in the whole scene or view details of each body/view point in the space. There is time to take in the scenery; time may erode the cliff but a new view is found - or created.
• April 2017 (Premiere)
At Home in the Clouds
A politically-charged collaborative work based on a story by Alison Weaver, Executive Editor of H.O.W Journal, with a musical score created by island based composer, Phil Da Rosa. The piece explores the themes of abortion, life, death, choice and love. The dancers are constantly shifting perspectives between the various characters in the text: the mother, the babies, the doctor, allowing the audience to be fully immersed in the many layers of this complex topic. This is the first in a series of collaborative works fusing dance with literature and music to create a multi-faceted performance piece.
July 2016 (Premiere)
“atlas” delves into the internal map that is the human experience of the self. The performers exist between universes: longing at once for the past—maps already charted and traversed—and for the future, a map that has yet to be drawn. Directionless at times, each one lives out their own story and discovers their own routes along the way. Stories intertwine for brief moments, some joining together as the performers traverse a route. ‘atlas’ is a journey; one of self discovery and the building, breaking, and resurrecting of relationship, as bodies move through a brief moment in time and space, supporting one another along the various pathways and creating a map together. A map that is then left... time for another, the next one, to be created.
September 2015 (Premiere)
The Blue of Distance
“The Blue of Distance” is a work inspired by what identity means to the individual. At once both personal and universal, the theme and piece journeys the five performers through a landscape of identity framed, unframed, created, deconstructed, and ultimately receding into the collective distance of time, space, memory, and dreams. This piece can also be seen in film version which was directed by Martha’s Vineyard film director, Danielle Mulcahy. The film was premiered in 2015 as a part of The Yard’s 2015 YardArts Season.
September 2014 (Premiere)