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Ballaro Dance presents "E(mb)edded Memories"

Ballaro Dance presents "E(mb)edded Memories"


Ballaro Dance


The Blue Gallery
222 East 46th Street
New York, New York 10017


Saturday, March 19, 2022 - 7:30pm



Ballaro Dance

Join Ballaro Dance at The Blue Gallery on Saturday, March 19! Gallery doors open at 7:30pm for an immersive evening of creativity, collaboration, and community:

Tour through a community scar exhibit with a site-specific performance by MOVE: Community Imprints participants; SEE the illuminated installation performance of E(mb)edded Memories; post-show, audience members will SHARE in a "Twilight Toast & Sweet Treats" with the community.


Available via Venmo @Emilee-Despagni (last four digits: 0432). Please select a ticket level that suits you; list ticket type & provide your email address to receive day-of performance information.

Questions? Email emilee@ballarodance.com

Shimmer ($35) - General Admission ticket
Firefly ($25) - Discounted General Admission ticket available for Students, Artists & Seniors

Radiance ($50) - General Admission ticket for those who may wish to contribute additional support to the Ballaro Dance community

E(mb)edded Memories is a new work rooted in honoring personal histories through the lens of scars and their images which live permanently on, and inside of, our bodies. The lessons and memories of these sometimes painful and sometimes profound scars are brought to life in an illuminated installation. Inspired by Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery while highlighting the breakage with gold, the stories of community healing are highlighted with dozens of silk lanterns and inventive light pieces affixed to the dancers’ bodies; deeper connections to Japanese philosophy are explored throughout the piece. Ballaro Dance collects scar stories and memories through ongoing Community Imprints workshops, developing the project through the small but powerful contributions made throughout the process, similar to that of a community-made quilt. The audience’s senses are excited by recorded audio, live readings, nature sounds, and the dancers’ movements, gestures, and use of meditative breath: the varied sound score reflects the process of making the dance and the greater community who are represented inside of it.

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