Extraordinary Interruptions: Theatre Dance Piece about Mass Media Events

Extraordinary Interruptions

Devised and Directed by Kristin Rose Kelly and Thomas Murray

Sound Design by Tanner Upthegrove

Based on choreographer Celeste Miller’s personal/historical exercises, this devised multimedia performance probes dancers’ visceral responses to six major media events from Y2K to the Flint water crisis. Each member of the dance ensemble selected a major news event that they recalled from the last 15 years. They free-wrote their responses to the event, devised a series of gestures from that writing, and then added edited text from the writing as spoken word to that gesture sequence. The performance was complicated by asking the dancers to perform in matched pairings, incorporate actual news copy, and interact with architecture.

Extraordinary Interruptions performed in multiple, conventional, and non-conventional theatre spaces.

April 16, 2016: The Tinker at Roanoke Ballet Theatre