Choreographed by Jenna Pollack
Performed by Jim Banta, Caitlin Canty, Gisela Creus, Kelsey Saulnier, Whitney Schmanski and Jackson Jirard
Music: Sexted by Steve Reich
Performances: November 2nd and 3rd 2018 Boston Center for the Arts, Boston MA – US
A Boston Moving Arts Production produced by David Orr part of Wild Type Show
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Kelsey Saulnier, Whitney Schmanski Music: Sextet by Steve Reich
Jenna Pollack, Choreographer
When David Orr and Boston Moving Arts Productions first commissioned this piece from me I was thrilled. . . and also a bit terrified. He asked me to bring to life the internal conflict of paying the bills and feeding the soul, the stress thrust upon the individual from “the system”. His potent choice of music, title, and themes made me – a chronic freelancer – feel, well, a bit boxed in by the system. How was I to tackle all of this in one dance?
Thankfully, the body is a boundless archive of experience. My extraordinary collaborators brought such authentic perspectives of labor to the studio. Among many other things, Gisela is a mother, Jackson an academic, Caitlin a secret rock star, Whitney an entrepreneur, Kelsey a recent college graduate, and Jim a former stuntman and factory worker. All I truly had to do was cultivate a space in which they felt free to share their vast histories. While I may never know what’s like to hold a desk job, I believe the deeply personal struggles of our cumulative experience are visible in almost any work environment. Our trials and exaltations are like a perpetual, universal memory.
David’s mission is larger than the office – he is connecting the ephemeral bits of our vulnerability on stage with all who choose to join us in the theater. So while there’s a lot in this machine of a dance to take in, I encourage you to simply pluck out the gestures, feelings, and relationships that resonate with you most. What from your own experience do you see reflected back at you?