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LA Dance Chronicle

ADD WATER & STIR

2017

PERFORMANCES

Bootleg Theater 2017

Santee Education Complex 2018

CONCEPT/DIRECTION

Brigette Dunn-Korpela

CHOREOGRAPHY

Brigette Dunn-Korpela

in collaboration with Dancers

COSTUME DESIGN

Hannah Athena Lawton

MUSIC DIRECTOR/COMPOSER

Pete Korpela

DRAMATURGE/VOCAL COACH

Kestrel Leah

ANIMATION

Nak Choi

FILM DIRECTOR

Giuliana Folks

PHOTOGRAPHY

Clarence Alford

CAST

Cynn Anderson

Whitney Jackson 

Kestrel Leah

Dominique McDougal

Robyn O'Dell

Joan Padeo

Dion Pratt

Brance Souza

Ashlee Williams

Add Water & Stir, is an interdisciplinary dance theatre performance that abstractly explores core values of American idealism “Dream” and its relationship to human apathy and racism. The hypernormalisation of sanitized police brutality and human indifference is researched through contemporary modern dance techniques, improvisation, music, text, animation, set design and original costume design. These collective forms express insight into the existence of a society mired in complex racial, cultural and gender politics. The hostile and lethal environment that has been unapologetically unleashed since the Trump election is traversed through abstract references by historical and contemporary killings of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Emmett Till. The nightmare of their savage killings are juxtaposed against a backdrop of 1940-50’s soundscape, costume design, vintage media, animation and pop culture. Additional aesthetic influences are informed by Brutalist and Constructivist architecture and motifs. Add Water & Stir is a response to the current social and political climate of increased human indifference, deafening silence of human compassion and political lunacy largely affecting communities and persons of color.

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