THE CONVERSATION SERIES:
STITCHING THE GEOPOLITICAL QUILT TO RE-BODY BELONGING
2020 - PRESENT
EPISODE #1 AVAILABLE FOR TOURING
Anticipated Premiere: 2023/2024
Rejecting finite points/products, The Conversation Series: Stitching the Geopolitical Quilt to Re-body Belonging is a dance-based geopolitical “quilt”, stitching together uncertain relentless trajectories to disrupt the erasure of silenced stories. An inter- and multimedia, multi-year project that will result in four media outcomes, it will make tools/toys/relationships to build paths (in a non-colonizing fashion) towards justice/equitable landscapes.
A male duet Wilkins is developing and performing with Avery Ryder Turner, this work preferences the value of bodies coexisting - sharing weight and responsibility, dancing to become better ancestors. As we travel to make and share this work, we will stitch together a dance-quilt to broaden our understandings of what it means to be American and sew ourselves together anew.
The Conversation Series is a byproduct of Multiscapes and emerges out of a creative process that spanned nearly two years.
Concept & Direction Helanius J. Wilkins
Choreography Helanius J. Wilkins (Movement vocabulary created in collaboration with Avery Ryder Turner)
Original Sound Score Composition, Arrangement, & Performance Andy Hasenpflug
Screendance Cinematography & Original Sound Score Composition & Performance Watcheye Studios l Carlos Flores
Documentary Cinematography Thom Stromer
Technical Direction, Lighting Design, & Set Design Iain Court
Technology Design & Programming (interactive technology) Peter Gyory
Additional Collaborators to be announced.
Funding for this project is made possible in part through a Center for Humanities & the Arts (CHA) Small Grant award from the University of Colorado Boulder, as well as in part through an FY 2022 Research & Innovation Seed Grant from the University of Colorado Boulder.
This project is made possible in part by The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver, an organization that will host a summer 2021 creative development residency.
This project is made possible through the generous support of contributions made by individual donors.
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