The Equus Projects presents "The Breaking Ring"
The Equus Projects
THE EQUUS PROJECTS PREMIERES: The Breaking Ring
Performers: Meredith Clemmons, Deb Maciel, Audrey Rachelle, Ellie van Bever
with JoAnna Mendl Shaw
Set Design: Ali Akbarian.
DATE: April 23rd & April 26th
LOCATION: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center - 53 Chambers Street NYC
TICKETS: Suggested Donation
The Equus Projects is pleased to present the New York City premiere of The Breaking Ring, conceived and directed by The Equus Projects Artistic Director, JoAnna Mendl Shaw in collaboration with the dancers.
The Breaking Ring frames the creation process unfolding in real time. The 60-minute work takes place inside a 16’ x 22’ space, delineated by white picket fencing. The audience surrounds this enclosure, witnessing at close range, four performers taking a deep dive into physical listening and visceral decision-making.
The physical listening and decision-making process embedded inside this work is based on The Equus Projects’ inter-species performance works with horses - where listening, leadership, negotiation and adaptability play out with very real consequences. In The Breaking Ring we sense the same high stakes: The performers are deeply committed to listening and responding to kinetic situations that demand immediate, honest engagement and accountability. Gradually the duet form evolves and expands, deftly weaving the spectators into the choreographic fabric.
The Breaking Ring moves beyond traditional notions of dance and performance, enticing viewers to experience the creative process along with the performers and embracing the possibility that an audience can indeed be both a spectator and active participant.
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