PHASE 1 – a new work and initial phase of research for the larger NETWORK project
April 20-29, 2017 | 8:00p
NETWORK is a multi-year project [2017-19] addressing human survival in the face of isolation through systemic oppression, specifically mass incarceration. Inspired by systems of communication in human and plant life, NETWORK investigates similarities between the neural networks of the human brain, to tree root systems and other human and plant structures in multi-media formats, in collaboration with artists, scientists, formerly incarcerated individuals and the public. Considering the nature of interdependence as inherent to our very survival, and drawing on scientific research, interviews and devised movement, the piece brings forward stories of formerly incarcerated individuals, who have experienced confinement and the results of being cut off from life-sustaining systems. Observing human survival strategies in the face of incarceration, we wonder what we have to gain by learning from the plant kingdom about interdependence and resilience. Ultimately the work recognizes our potential to survive and thrive through individual and community acts of resistance, collaboration and resilience.
Initial research for the project has occurred in collaboration with U.C. Berkeley students through the Theater, Dance and Performance Studies department [TDPS] and Berkeley Dance Project (BDP). This performance work engages devised dance, interviews and personal narratives from ensemble members, family and friends to investigate the transformation from organic systems of communication, to confinement through systemic oppression, and finally resistance for survival. COME SEE THIS WORK, showing: April 20-29 at the Zellerbach Playhouse, U.C. Berkeley, as a part of an evening length concert titled Digging Deep, featuring work by Krista DeNio, James Graham.
WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING FUNDING FOR OUR NEXT PHASE OF WORK THROUGH OUR EAST BAY GIVES CAMPAIGN!
Beginning Fall 2017- Spring 2018, KD>>MG will continue our research and development for the professional production to premiere in 2019.
During this period we will do the crucial, collaborative and publicly engaged research and development. We will engage professional artists, scientists (biologists working in Biomimicry–using nature-based patterns to help solve human problems), formerly incarcerated individuals and the public in collaborative processes and activities to include: embodied, durational experiences with public participants existing in confined spaces; online research engagement via experiments and writing exercises participants can conduct at home and share back with the online community.