Memoir for Rivers and The Dictator is a choreographic work for two dancers and a trumpet player.
As the human experience of time develops, the body accrues and absorbs various events, and with it, wisdom and value. Across generations the body becomes more and more of an archival document, mapping multiple histories of presence, perseverance, inevitable physical dissolve and reincarnation. Within this work, speech has a dramatic disposition, like history itself. For us as individuals and a collective, the emotion and energy of events that have passed (and those yet to pass) pervade our cells and our memories. Devastation and celebration, control and submission, flood our experience and one learns that personal power is lost and found from within.
Through the performers’ exploration of various relationships and power dynamics experienced within history, it considers the body as the key resource for connecting with, understanding and responding to the activities of the past, and proposes a lens for observing and anticipating the impact of these events on our collective future.
* Memoir for Rivers and The Dictator is part of a double bill with i have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. Tickets for this show enable entrance to both.
Presented by The SUBSTATION as part of Dance Massive 2019