We've been working on this show for the past several months, its currently in workshop phase, but we're so excited about its development! Here's a little bit about the project:
It's a cliché because it's true - love does make the world go round. Several years ago I had a series of meetings with two friends, fellow performers, in order to develop a collaborative movement piece. Having a rare opportunity to sit and talk, we became sidetracked discussing romantic debacles - recent anecdotes, broken hearts, joys, struggles, and dreams for the future -- these meetings landing somewhere between group therapy and an investigation into the nature of love, fate and relationships. Months passed, and despite our best intentions, we got busy with other projects...
But a year or so afterwards, these discussions still clung to me. Our musings reflected so many of the core things in people's hearts and lives. So I asked my friends for permission to weave bits from their tales into a dance theatre piece. It would be something universal, moving, funny, painful - a collage examining love, loss, fate vs. chance, desire, and societal roles in modern relationships. A character-driven dance theatre piece. Simple, yet deep-reaching, resonant. That idea became never fall so heavily again.
This is our most ambitious production to date. It's a project for anyone who has ever loved, who has ever wondered why their partner came into their lives, why they lost someone, or how it is that we persevere through so many highs and lows. It is my story and yours.
From Workshop to Production
The workshop we're presenting Dec. 6, 7, & 14, 2013 involved months of choreography, scene work, writing, and development - but we still have a ways to go to complete the piece! The full production of never fall..., scheduled for Spring 2014, is an important step in our creative evolution as artists, a significant rise in the level of production we wish to achieve, and a shift in the depth and complexity of material we aspire to present to our audiences. This project is a big step for us in terms of budget, roughly 2.5x as expensive as our most ambitious project to date -- money that goes towards renting a decent performance venue; paying our artists a slightly larger stipend; and reaching more audiences by hosting 12 performances of this new, evening-length work.
With your support, we expect to fully realize this piece for presentation to Bay Area audiences, furthering the mission of BrickaBrack to "inspire openness to new ideas and generate dialogues concerning the social order... and essential questions of the human spirit." Please join us to further develop never fall... through responding to our posts on twitter & facebook, participating in our discussion in person or online, and by making a financial donation - every little bit counts! We're so glad to have you with us.
Musings by the BrickaBrack Ensemble