The Company’s newest dance-theatre work, I Promise, draws on the imagery of rioting and rebellion to question how we define our tribe, what connects us, and what separates us. The title is a response to Martin Luther King’s iconic 1963 speech, “I have a dream.” I Promise is the sentiment of remembering to carry the dream forward. The physicality of this dynamic group work is driven from the desire to rebel and fueled by Comerford’s vision to transform unspoken emotions into physical sensations. “The irony of describing this work in words, is that we can not speak about the details that drove us to create it which reveals the reality of where we are as a society.” Solos, duets and large ensemble work create the tension of sharing this metaphorical weight and how each dancer inevitably longs to defeat it in his or her own personal way. Comerford states that the piece is hopeful in its aim and that to rebel supposes that there is something worth fighting for.
This work has proudly been selected for presentation as part of the 2017-2018 Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA) season. December 15 and 16 at 8pm and December 17 at 7pm. The Fruit, 305 S Dillard Street, Durham NC.
Additional Touring Venues: The Duke Energy Theatre [Charlotte, NC], Carolina Theatre [Durham, NC]
Press: “Rousing group work.” Site Terrific: A Third Friday When the Durham Dance Scene Just Worked, Michaela Dwyer, Indy Week, 20 September 2017