artist residency

artist residency

I Am You

2mo ago
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For I AM YOU: This site-specific performance was originally created for the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, CA as a part of their Artist Residency program.  The show is built for two dancers and non-performer volunteers from the local community who are integrated into the process and performance of the work.  I Am You explores the nature of duality - of the complex relationship between the perception of the “inner” and “outer” person, and the concept of tawhīd - union with the beloved (the primal root) from which/whom one has been cut off and become aloof  - and the longing and desire to restore it. The work incorporates dance, text and live singing, featuring the timeless poetry of the Persian mystic poet, Rumi and commentary on motivational talk shows and other self-improvement scenarios. Residency activities include a minimum of 1-2 weeks with community volunteer performers, to incorporate them into the work.