MULTI-MEDIA COLLABORATION FINDS
BEAUTY AND HUMOR IN CHALLENGING PERSONAL STORIES
A seriously funny work.....
July 18 and 19, 8 pm; July 20, 6:30
White Box Live Arts
NTC @ Liberty Station, 2590 Truxtun Road, San Diego, 92106
DAMAGED GOODS embraces the stories of four So Say We All writers, who share their beautiful and tragic stories that blend humor with pathos. The multi-media evening, co-directed by Jean Isaacs and Justin Hudnall, will weave together dance, video, text and spoken word. Hudnall is will edit and dramaturge the text, while dancer and video artist Rachel Holdt will perform a new work choreographed by Jean. She will also create a visual element including video for the show. Holdt has created modern dance collaborations with musicians, visual artists, spoken word poets, sketch artists, and video artists over the past several years. Three San Diego Dance Theater Company dancers will perform original work created specifically by Jean for this production.
“I was drawn to collaborating with Justin when we presented Righteous Exploits at last year’s inaugural LIVE ARTS FEST. I was impressed by the way he and visual artist Margaret Noble moved back and forth through the evening and I wanted to explore that to create a totally new
work,” explained Isaacs. “Working with text can be challenging as the eye is drawn to either the words or the movement and not both. I was actually a Lit Major in College, not dance, but it wasn’t until recently that I’ve been drawn back to incorporate text with dance and movement.”
“The concept behind DAMAGED GOODS came from a belief that the most interesting and valuable stories come from people who've survived something extraordinary. However, dark and painful stories are dismissed for being downers,” explained Hudnall. “We gathered four original stories about some of the worst things that can happen to people and filtered them through a comic lens.”
It’s been said that “comedy is reserved for subject matter that is too sad for tragedy.’’ DAMAGED GOODS blends tragedy, trauma, memory, imagery and honesty and presents it in a way that will engage, move and entertain audiences. Stories about PTSD, body image issues, and foster care set the context for this world premiere seriously funny new work.
San Diego Dance Theater Company Dancers: Liv Isaacs-Nollet, Zaquia Mahler Salinas, Trystan Loucado
So Say We All Storytellers: April Ventura, Brian Simpson, Justin Hudnall
Dance and Video Artist: Rachel Holdt
To learn more about So Say We All: sosayweallonline.com