"...AND THEN IT WASN'T" + "WHEN WATER DRIES THE MOUTH"
Pilar Castro Kiltz; Ni'Ja Whitson Adebanjo
Two dance pieces on one split bill. “…And Then It Wasn’t” choreographed by Pilar Castro Kiltz,
PLUS “When Water Dries the Mouth” choreographed by Ni’Ja Whitsona Adebanjo.
"...AND THEN IT WASN'T" BY PILAR CASTRO KILTZ
Written, Directed and Choreographed by Pilar Castro Kiltz
credit: Pilar Castro Kiltz
You think you’ve got it: The perfect fantasy, the perfect life, the perfect job, place, and partner. Then you take a closer look. And nothing is perfect after all.
There it was, at your fingertips: The picture perfect vision of the picture perfect life. College flew by in a flash. YOLO / FOMO got you through. The dream job, the fantasy romance, the raging night-life, and the amazing apartment in the perfect neighborhood are all yours. Adult life was turning out just the way you planned it…And Then It Wasn’t.
Pilar Castro Kiltz is the founding Director of Ensemble Dance, a Dance Theater company based in NYC since 2011. After graduating with honors from Princeton University, she earned an MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch, and in 2013 completed an SDCF Observership with Rob Ashford on Broadway’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Dixon Place has presented work by Pilar/Ensemble Dance annually for 3 years. She is the Founder/CEO of More Canvas, an arts consulting and strategy firm. A choreographer, director, playwright, dancer, actor, writer, singer and violinist, Pilar seeks to synthesize the many elements of the performing arts including dance, music and theater.
estimated runtime: 40 minutes
"WHEN WATER DRIES THE MOUTH"a BY NI'JA WHITSONa ADEBANJO
Choreographed by Ni’Ja Whitsona Adebanjo
aPerformers: Kirsten Flores-Davis, Carissa Matsushima, Alicia Raquel, Ni’Ja Whitson Adebanjo
Costumes: Ben Rosenberg
Choreographer Assistant/Production Assistant: Leah Moriarty and Rachel Russell
Vocal Composition & Performance: Nia Witherspoon
credit: day for Flybird Photography
When Water Dries the Mouth is a ritual diptych exploring the layered consequences of faith, prayer and homophobia. Inspired by the impact of Nigerian anti-gay laws on centuries-old customs of same gender intimacy; Ayaba is a study on absence and dispossession. Ayaba studies the emotional experience of deprivation. When Water Dries the Mouth is inspired by the recent abduction of 279 school girls in Chibok, Nigeria.
Ni’Ja Whitson Adebanjo is a 2013-2015 Movement Research Artist in Residence, a 2014-2015 BAAD! Artist in Residence, and Creative Capital “On Our Radar” Artist. As a choreographer and performer they have worked alongside leading artists across disciplines such as: Sharon Bridgforth, Dianne McIntyre, Douglas Ewart, La Pocha Nostra and Alison Knowles. Whitson Adebanjo has received awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Downtown Urban Theatre Festival Audience Award, LinkUp Inaugural Artist in Residence, John G. Curtis Jr. Prize, Archibald Motley Grant, 3Arts Visual Artist Award Nomination, and MFA Fellowship Award from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
estimated runtime: 40 minutes