Shannon Dooling is a guest choreographer at Voices from the Glade, and in general a dear friend to Glade. She was the spark for - and has spearheaded organizing - NACHMO/DC, plus she invited us to perform at College Park Arts Exchange. Now we're delighted to have her choreography alongside ours at Dance Place. Shannon, unfortunately, is moving west after this summer, and we are sad to see her leave D.C. Luckily for us, she has left D.C. a more inclusive place for choreographers.
In addition to co-choreographing Spontaneous Emergence with Glade's own Betsy Loikow, Shannon is also presenting a duet, Worlds: A Memory.
See it May 7 - 8 at Dance Place. Get your tickets now!
Notes from a Voices from the Glade choreographer:
The initial spark for Worlds: A Memory was actually a performance that my longtime friend and collaborator, Lauren Fanslau, and I were involved in last summer. Lauren is one of the founders of the Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival (PWTF), and in July we worked on a revival of "Wingspan," a play by Arden Kass and directed by Brenna Geffers.
The performance ended up being a sort of movement/text dialogue; with Lauren, who is an actress with a movement background performing a monologue, and me, a dancer with a strong interest in theatre, performing movement that related to the text. We really enjoyed the process and experience, and since we are both creative types, we figured we could create our own piece from scratch using the same ideas and principles.
Since we have been friends for over ten years, and many of our most engaging conversations involve our past experiences, and how they've shaped our present lives, working with the idea of memory as a theme seemed natural.
Our plan is for this duet to be part of a larger work that explores the role of memory in shaping our self-perception in the present.