Kinetic Light: DESCENT

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 8:00pm

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Arts@Tech performance series

Obliterating assumptions of what dance, beauty, and disability can be, this duet takes audiences on a transformative ride. DESCENT reimagines the Rodin sculpture of Greek mythological figures Venus and Andromeda as a love story for two women. Dancers Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson traverse a stage built with hills and curves that acts as a partner in the choreography and storytelling. The duo claim their desire as their wheelchairs fly within inches of the ramp’s edges, moving together and apart in a lushly lit landscape created through breathtaking projections by Michael Maag. DESCENT won Dance Magazine’s 2018 Reader’s Choice award for most moving performance.

The Ferst Center is ADA compliant for all events; additional accessibility for DESCENT will include Audimance, an immersive audio/narration made especially for this work available to patrons’ mobile devices.Blind and visually impaired audience members please bring your mobile phone and non-bluetooth earbuds or headphones. There will be a table in the Ferst lobby where we will demo the audio description app, help with downloads and share the tactile experience that goes along with it. Learn more about Audimance here.

DESCENT was made possible, in part, by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; General Operating support was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Dance/NYC’s Disability. Dance. Artistry Fund, made possible by the Ford Foundation with additional support provided by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation; and the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University. Kinetic Light researched, developed and honed DESCENT with financial, administrative and residency support from the Dance in Process program at Gibney Dance with funds provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  DESCENT was also supported by Dancers’ Group’s CA$H grant program, the Awesome Foundation, Puffin Foundation West, Ltd., and the Yip Harburg Foundation.

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Explore dance, beauty, and disability with this emotionally-charged work that won Dance Magazine's 2018 Reader's Choice award for most moving performance.
image of two dancers in wheelchairs from DESCENT by Kinetic Light