Relay of Voices: The Great River Run

In a Nutshell

As a native of coastal Louisiana, I have seen the region and many of its people nearly devastated by natural and manmade disasters but also resilient and powerful in the collective efforts to rebuild and restore. When I left Louisiana for Chicago, I took the passion of that community with me and it is now a major source of inspiration behind my latest project: Relay of Voices: The Great River Run (RELAY). A multifaceted, serialized performance, RELAY is designed to connect people, communities, and the nation—a curative response to the increasing isolation and division within the United States. Over the course of the next two years, I will choreograph a group expedition on foot to gather and share stories from one hundred communities along the Mississippi River’s 2,300 miles. An ambitious project, the first leg in 2018 will be an extensive year-long phase of research conducted between our base in Chicago and sites along the river. We will then apply this research to the culmination of the RELAY project in 2019. Ultimately, RELAY relies on social choreography, whole-body listening, and the use of many bodies and collective movement as a means of storytelling that connects us beyond politics and rhetoric. With your involvement, we will raise the funds necessary to support this research phase which is critical to meet the complexities of this project that we feel will touch hundreds if not thousands in unique and profound ways.

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