LAVA: A Goddessey

  • NACL Theatre 110 Highland Lake Road Highland Lake, NY, 12743 United States

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A DEEP SPACE PERFORMANCE RESIDENCY

Obie and Bessie award winning feminist acrobatic dance company, LAVA, presents A Goddessey, the company's feminist survival story that journeys through landscapes emotional and geologic, carrying a transmuting traveler from a bleak and blurry patriarchal present into a rainbow colored feminist future, with the help of ancestors geologic and otherwise. A Goddessey is the synthesis, culmination, and explosion of 15 years of earth moving performance.

Conceived and directed by Sarah East Johnson; Original music by DJ Tikka Masala; Costumes by Claudia Browne; Lighting by Alison May; Choreography and performance by LAVA members Molly Chanoff, Lollo Romanski, Sarah Dey Hirshan, Hilary Melcher Chapman, Efe Alibo, Mieke D, and Lex Garnett; Directorial consultant Anni Davey of Circus Oz; Text by Starhawk, Kay Turner, subway poetry, Elizabeth Bishop, bell hooks, Harriett Tubman, and Robin Wall Kimmerer. Photo by Whitney Browne.

LAVA is a feminist acrobatic dance company. Our aesthetic is built on a vision of a world in which feminism is embraced by all, successful dancers are not tied to traditional gender stereotypes or oppressive practices, and audiences support greater variety in dance in order to empower dancers in their full strength, presence, difference, and possibility. The company’s unique language of acrobatics and dance invites audiences in to witness the courage, teamwork, humor, and skills of this vibrant and one-of- a-kind ensemble. Our performances reference geology, feminism, landscapes, journeys, science, empowerment, individual growth, group harmony and support, queer inclusion, gender identity, and the urban environment.
— Sarah East Johnson, LAVA Artistic Director