"To The Heart" by Thierry Thieû Niang
Thierry Thieû Niang
A young body lies on the ground. Is it alive or dead? Are we on a nearby beach or in a garden, a schoolyard maybe? Like many of us, Thierry Thieû Niang was upset by the photographs of refugee children washed ashore that made global headlines back in 2016.
For the choreographer, childhood has always been at the heart of his work: childhood in the world, childhood in art, childhood as a time of trials and learning where everything is possible, and childhood as a moment when one can just as easily fall and be reborn.
To The Heart is another Niang’s exploration of childhood. Inspired by the powerful photographs of the bodies of refugee children lying on the ground, the project is a chance for the artist to speak to children and teenagers and show the joy that children express when they play (alone or in groups), running, falling, playing dead, or pretending to be reborn.
Whether the participants will already be experienced dancers or fresh newcomers, together they form a unique and fluid community. Their fragility and commitment will tell stories of blooming, fall, loss, and consolation.
They will share the stage with the musician Sean Harold, who gives the ceremony its tempo, serving sometimes as a guide, sometimes as a witness. His music creates a sonic bridge between ancient and future times, a suspended present for these fifteen youths whose intensity will resonate for a while, thanks to the words of writers Linda Lê and to Nemo Hoffman’s artwork.
Saturday June 16 at 7:30pm
Sunday June 17 at 5pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Suggested donation: $10
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