Burden of Joy (2013 to current)

photos by Courtney MartinMaureen_Whiting_2015 (death is OK) copy Maureen_Whiting_2015 (Motoko down Trio) Small copy Maureen_Whiting_2015 (Boot Walking) copy 2 Maureen_Whiting_2015 (Mo Growl) Small Maureen_Whiting_2015 (Belle Mouse Ears) (1) copy 2 Maureen_Whiting_2015 Ez Solo Maureen_Whiting_2015 (Duet Sweatshirt) copy

Choreographer Maureen Whiting and longtime company members and collaborators Ezra Dickinson and Belle Wolf embark on a series of deeply personal solos and duets about life death imbalance and consciousness, excavating the human soul with irony and a theatrical visual eye. Inspired by the life (and death) of the choreographer’s mother the work excavates the human soul through dance. Inclusive of family narrative from The West and sparkly mouse ears, the choreographer Maureen Whiting crafts the dance coded in sensation and various states of consciousness with a choreographer’s strict adherence to pattern and form.  This is the first part of a new larger group work entitled “The Burden of Joy” which are dances about life death imbalance and consciousness and joy.

photo by Hillary Goidell

photo by Hillary Goidell

This project is supported by ACT Central Heating Lab, RAW Residency in San Francisco, 4 Culture, Seattle Mayors Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Seattle Foundation, CA$H grant, and generous donations.