Dance and Community: Expulsion
From the Animating Democracy: A Program of Americans for the Arts website:
Based on themes of migration and displacement, Expulsion explored the temporary and often fragile nature of the concept of “home.” Conceived by Heidi Duckler and Merridawn Duckler, the cross-disciplinary performance incorporated a set designed by architect Alex Ward and original music composed and performed by Daniel Rosenboom and Alex Noice. The production, a contemporary retelling of the ancient story of Cain and Abel, drew from the stories of local community members.
Expulsion was performed by four men from the Collage Dance Theatre as the first installment of the A LOT series, sponsored by the Arts Council of Long Beach. The series brings temporary visual and performance-based artwork to vacant lots in targeted areas of the city. Each project is accompanied by an open-air symposium related to urban planning, civic engagement, and art.
Also: take some time to explore the inspiring collection of Dance and Community projects on the Animating Democracy website, and check out the recent Dance and Civic Engagement trend paper by Paloma McGregor.