One with Others (2013)
is a dance/performance project that considers biography, choice, communication, affinities, art, and what it means to be seen, handled, used and needed. It uses choreography, carpentry, and text to explore legacy, what we hand down to one another or lure each other into. It considers how dance and language are taught to us by others yet ways we mark our individuality in the world. It willfully confuses private and public selves, and encourages hiding within others and behind actions. It looks to crude, handmade objects to extend, express, and make sense of our bodies, interactions, desires, and identities.
OwO premiered in April 2013 at Dance Place (Washington, D.C.) with tours to TBA Festival (Portland, OR), Red Eye Theater (Mpls), Fusebox Festival (Austin), DiverseWorks (Houston), The Chocolate Factory (NYC), and American Realness Festival (NYC). It was developed through the support of Studio 206 (Mpls), the Jerome Foundation, the National Dance Project, the MAP Fund, MN State Arts Board, and Vermont Performance Lab.
Performed by Joanna Furnans, Karen Sherman, Jeffrey Wells/Don Mabley-Allen/Aaron Mattocks
Lighting by Carrie Wood
Props and Set Designed and Built by Karen Sherman
Sound by Karen Sherman
Tour Carpentry by Janet Clancy
Photos by Aaron Rosenblum, Karen Sherman, Carrie Wood
One with Others was made possible in part with a research and development residency and co-production support by Vermont Performance Lab with funding support from the New England Foundation for the Art’s National Dance Project with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and VPL’s Creation Fund donors. The creation and presentation of One with Others is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with the New England Foundation for the Arts through the National Dance Project. Major support for NDP is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation. Support from the NEA provides funding for choreographers in the early stages of their careers. General Operating support was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. NY premiere commissioned and presented by The Chocolate Factory Theater. This project was also made possible through the generous support of The Jerome Foundation, The Map Fund, InRez at Studio 206, the MN State Arts Board, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago / MCA Stage, and many generous individuals.