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POSTPONED – Wandering in the Wilderness
April 9, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
At this time, CSU East Bay Theatre and Dance Department has postponed this upcoming performance.
Wandering in the Wilderness is an experimental performance ceremony exploring the spaces in-between, when we have moved away from the things that no longer work in our lives, but we don’t yet know what is next. We are investigating the nature of uncertainty, groundlessness, and mystery—particularly inquiring into how to leave behind situations, attitudes, relationships, governments, homes, and habits of abuse, oppression, and dysfunction. How do we create our new lives without carrying forward the unwholesomeness we absorbed in our past? How do we end cycles of disempowerment? How do we shed our suffering armor? How do we learn new ways?
Wandering in the Wilderness plays with stories, practices, belief systems, and art forms from the many cultures represented in our ensemble, as well as others we encounter along the way. The work will experiment with the intersections of modern dance, new music, Japanese Taiko, Balinese Gamelan, multi-cultural body percussion, martial arts, contact improvisation, labyrinths, processions, rituals, and games.
The work is directed/choreographed by Eric Kupers with assistance by Raven Malouf-Renning and additional choreography by a diverse collection of guest artists. It will be created collaboratively and performed by the CSU East Bay Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble (IIE) which includes artists of all sizes, shapes, abilities/disabilities, cultures, ethnicities, art practices, and identities.
With Wandering in the Wilderness, we are experimenting with performing evening length work in the actual space and time frame that we rehearse every week in order to go deeply into our relationship with the space, create intimacy, and share our ongoing process with audiences. Performances take place over 5 Thursday nights, with limited seating of only 36 audience members per show.