Choreographer and artistic Director Maureen Whiting and longtime company members and collaborators—Danielle Blackwell, Ezra Dickinson and Motoko Honda—embark on a series of deeply personal solos and duets about life death imbalance and consciousness. Burden of Joy uncovers the human soul with irony and a theatrical visual eye. Inspired by the life (and death) of the choreographer’s mother the work excavates the human soul through dance. Inclusive of family narrative the choreographer Maureen Whiting crafts the dance coded in sensation and various states of consciousness. With a choreographer’s strict adherence to pattern and form as well as being a brilliant mathematician she employs her unique voice on probability of a life. This is the first part of a new larger group work entitled “The Burden of Joy” which are dances about life death imbalance and consciousness and joy.
Client: Maureen Whiting
Photo Credit: Hillary Goidell
Services Provided: Dramaturge | Costume Design
Watch the Samples of the Performance and Process
Maureen Whiting Dance Company ‘Bear Writes an Equation About Death Dance Mashup’ (3) from SFAltPerformance on Vimeo.
Maureen Whiting/Burden of Joy from chanibocks on Vimeo.
Burden of Joy ACT 2015 Sebastian-Export for Vimeo from Maureen Whiting on Vimeo.