the imprints of our scars and the stories they leave behind
UPCOMING SUMMER 2023 PERFORMANCES:
The Compost Collective in Forest Hills, Queens on Saturday, August 5
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Aquila's Nest Vineyards in Newtown, CT on Wednesday, August 9
Embedded Memories is an illuminated installation rooted in honoring personal histories through the lens of scars and their images which live permanently on, and inside of, our bodies. Investigating the memories and stories these imprints hold, we can learn from one another and promote community healing.
Inspired first by Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery while highlighting the areas of breakage, golden accents illuminate these stories through numerous lighted lanterns in the installation space ranging in size from 6" - 36" and inventive light pieces affixed to the dancers’ bodies. Deeper connections to Japanese philosophy and the process of healing have been explored through additional research and experiences in Reiki and Butoh. The piece began as a collaboration with NYC-based artist Allison Patrick and has grown and developed through contributions from the Community Imprints collection.
Audience members can go deeper into the process of experiencing the work by participating in SHARE: Community Imprints, a creative healing station to honor the scar stories of our community. Gifting stories through writing, drawing, or a photograph will be available during the performances of Embedded Memories and more details will be available on site at each performance.
Community MOVERS will also have an opportunity to participate in creative workshops capturing their own MOVE: Community Imprints in
actions and gestures. Participating community members will have an opportunity to share their creations in a pre-show site-specific performance.
Previous Embedded Memories Performances & Community Imprints Partnerships:
Aquila's Nest Vineyards, Newtown, CT
Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs, NY
The Blue Gallery, New York, NY
The Berrie Center, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ
SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY
Appleberry Farm, Sandy Hook, CT (Ballaro Dance Gala)
Ballaro Dance builds community through the creation and presentation of modern dance while inviting its audience, often first-time dance viewers, to SEE, MOVE, & SHARE with the Company in an approachable, welcoming environment.
We dance to engage with people; we choreograph to tell stories; we produce art to build community.