BOOM!, a new duet by Cynthia Oliver, features Oliver and Leslie Cuyjet as individuals, friends, strangers, family and younger/older versions of themselves, negotiating relations that are persistently in flux. Building upon a non-linear sequence of narratives around a life and a relationship—of a woman to herself, her history, her present and her future—BOOM! is a choreography of shifting realities. It is a looping, fractured unfolding, examining the notions of destiny, when life happens and when “fairness” and cause and effect do not necessarily align.
Oct 23 at 6:30pm Come Early Conversation: Sequencing Non-Linear Narratives, Choreographer and Educator Nia Love Discusses the Creative Practice of Cynthia Oliver.
Oct 24 Stay Late Discussion: Her History – Her Present – Her Future, Cynthia Oliver and Leslie Cuyjet in Conversation with Jaamil Olawale Kosoko.
Video: DTW Commissioned Artist Profile
This presentation of BOOM! is made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from contributors to the Dance Theater Workshop Commissioning Fund at New York Live Arts.
BOOM! is a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by New York Live Arts in partnership with Dance Place, Painted Bride Art Center and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. BOOM! is supported in part, by the Dance Department, Creative Research and University Scholar funding from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the Edwards Foundation Arts Fund, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Performance-based Arts.