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“You could feel the audience feel the grief.”

-audience member-

 Dancers (front left to right): Melissa Anderson, Erica Reynolds, and Jillian Gasper, (back left to right) Sarah Bethel, Allyson Lowis, Saxony Matousek, and Arye Shannon-Carmichael Photography: Jon Clay Photography

Dancers (front left to right): Melissa Anderson, Erica Reynolds, and Jillian Gasper, (back left to right) Sarah Bethel, Allyson Lowis, Saxony Matousek, and Arye Shannon-Carmichael
Photography: Jon Clay Photography

Unglued by Grief

Unglued by Grief, choreographed by Arye Shannon-Carmichael

Premiered in May 2018; UN

“I had been interested in exploring the grief process through movement for some time, as I find some of my best inspiration for movement from strong emotions.This piece turned in to quite a journey for me, one that evolved and pushed me as a choreographer.The movement quality is related to the specific emotion of each stage but previous movement qualities are inserted sporadically to represent how the stages of grief are not, in fact, linear.

It was also interesting for me to add another layer of the grief process by utilizing a bench. For many, we remember the exact time and place we were when a traumatic event took place. For my parent's generation is was when JFK was shot and for mine, it was 9-11. The bench is the symbolic representation of that physical place and was woven into the stages. The end result, in my opinion, was extremely powerful and a lot of that credit goes to my dancers who didn't just dance through each stage of grief, but actually lived it while performing.“

 Dancers (front left to right): Sarah Bethel, Erica Reynolds, Jillian Gasper, and Melissa Anderson, (back left to right) Allyson Lowis, Saxony Matousek, and Arye Shannon-Carmichael Photography: Jon Clay Photography

Dancers (front left to right): Sarah Bethel, Erica Reynolds, Jillian Gasper, and Melissa Anderson, (back left to right) Allyson Lowis, Saxony Matousek, and Arye Shannon-Carmichael
Photography: Jon Clay Photography