Matters of Facts

Tickets: $17 in advance; $20 at the door (cash only) “Matters of Facts” is a dance performance and discussion event that combines movement with […]
October 28 & 29, 2016 at 7:30pm
CPR
361 Manhattan Ave.

Tickets: $17 in advance; $20 at the door (cash only)

“Matters of Facts” is a dance performance and discussion event that combines movement with images, video, interviews and interactive animation to depict prisoner of war camps that existed throughout the United States during World War II. Very few living Americans are aware that these prisoner of war camps existed on the home front, despite the large impact they had on the surrounding communities. While quality of life for prisoners was held to a standard by Geneva Convention law, treatment within the United States exceeded that level. Captured soldiers described the camps fondly; it was a place where they were free to study, play sports, create music and theater clubs, and eat decent food. Small communities surrounding the POW camps experienced an economic boom.

This project intends to be more than a performance – it is a multimedia dance experience. It will move audiences to do more than merely observe, immersing them in Camp Aliceville and engaging them to walk around and through the performance space as the dancers move. “Matters of Facts” is an hour-long work that teaches, entertains and challenges modern day audiences to confront the present in light of a little-known piece of America’s past. How are we manipulated by what government and media choose to make public? Is it a problem when historical bias influences education? How should we pass down our current present for future generations? After experiencing this performance, audience members are invited to a post-performance discussion session with the choreographer, dancers and composer to talk about their reactions.

Choreographer/Artistic Director: Danielle Kipnis

Dancers: Danielle Atkinson, Rebecca Gual, Danielle Kipnis, Xavier Townsend

Composer: Noah Pardo

Interactive Design: Xinyao Wang

Bass Trombone: Jeremy Morrow

POW Camp Historian: Sam Love

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