Current project: a tonal caress

A Tonal Caress will be an interdisciplinary, contemporary dance production that will include a collaboration with deaf, sign language poet Walter Kadiki; choreography on 4 professional dancers by Charlotte Boye-Christensen; a ‘mass of men’ moving installation by artist Gary Vlasic; and placement/choreography of audience, set, lighting and sound that, together, will move and communicate to both hearing and non-hearing audience members. Beyond the actual performance, we are also coordinating in-process showings, discussions and Q+A type events that will expand and share our work with the local deaf community.

In describing the catalyst for A Tonal Caress, artistic director Charlotte Boye-Christensen states, “While we as humans share a symphony of language, touch and fleeting looks that is truly remarkable, it still seems inadequate in the face of the infinite complexities between individuals and societies. Most evident presently, the divisiveness of our sociopolitical climate has created a sense of urgency around the notion that we must find better ways to connect and communicate with each other… The intent of combining choreography with sign language is to investigate how we communicate and alternate between the gross representations of expression and the subtle gesture as fleeting opportunity for connection. In this work, we aim to seek a deep communicative connection for both deaf and hearing audience and communities.”

WITH

POET/PERFORMER: WALTER KADIKI

DANCERS: ANTOINE HUNTER, JO BLAKE, LIZ IVKOVICH, SYDNEY PETITT

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: COLE ADAMS

SOUND ENGINEER: ADAM DAY

SET: GARY VLASIC AND NATHAN WEBSTER

CHOREOGRAPHER: CHARLOTTE BOYE-CHRISTENSEN

performers in A Tonal Caress

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THANK YOU TO:

ARTS ACCESS VICTORIA, ZOO ARTS AND PARKS, JOHN AND MARCIA PRICE FAMILY FOUNDATION, TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY, THE WATERFORD SCHOOL, DENTED BRICK DISTILLERY, OFF THE WALL SAFETY, 3 IRONS, BLENDED TABLE, NEW CITY MOVEMENT, SQUATTER’S WASATCH, DAVID NEWKIRK, JEFF JUIP, PERRY LAYNE DECKER TATE, CHRIS HOWARD, COLBY BREWER, MARC CHRISTENSEN, HEIDI WESTFALL, ROBERT WOOD