Sunday, March 6, 2016

"Kimono" - a Dance Interpretation of the Issue of Predation

 Alexandra Bodnarchuk, Ryan Bergman

        fireWALL Dance Theater and off the WALL Productions, are proud to present Kimono, a new movement theater work developed and choreographed by local actor and movement specialist Mark C. Thompson. 
    Kimono aspires to recount a disturbing story, juxtaposing scenes of ugliness and beauty in an eerily beautiful way, as it deals with the subject of predation and victimization in a form that resembles a parable.  It explores the theme of social justice through the experience of victims, the evil of predation, and the culpability of predators.
     With the help of a woman who appears on his doorstep, a traumatized man, an artist, reconstitutes his life through the transformational work of creating beautiful kimonos. The result is that together they discover the will and courage to do what remains to be done — to call out, expose, and symbolically drive back the predator.
     Exciting. Moving. Stirring.  Kimono is all of these. This unique production is the result of a particularly gratifying collaboration between all involved, and is right in line with off the WALL’s mission – to bring new works and developments to fruition and to support local artists.
     Depicting a story too often hidden in shame, covered up in protection of the culprit, the story of Kimono boldly speaks of social injustice, giving predation what it deserves – to be called out, exposed and driven back.
 Performances: March 18-19, 24-26 @ 8:00 pm; March 20 @ 3:00pm
A New Work, developed and choreographed by Mark C. Thompson
Featuring Mark C. Thompson, Moriah Ella Mason, Alexandra Bodnarchuk, and Ryan Bergman
 Mature Audiences only. Kimono features adult themes and female and male nudity.
 Tickets: $ 5.00 - $ 30.00
Phone: 724-873-3576
Moriah Ella Mason, Mark C. Thompson
     In conjunction with the performances of Kimono, off the WALL and Moriah Ella Mason, a Licensed Massage Therapist and interdisciplinary artist, offer a workshop addressing the issues raised by the play.
Healing the Body from Physical and Emotional Trauma
    In this two hour workshop, participants will learn about the physiology of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and how the often confusing symptoms of trauma come to be.  Together we will learn about and practice a range of body-based self-care strategies for managing the symptoms of trauma and chronic stress including meditation, self-massage and acupressure, and aromatherapy.
     The workshop is free to the community and is scheduled for March 23 at 7:00 pm and March 27 at 2:00 pm.

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