Cynthia Oliver brings BOOM! to the Painted Bride

Photo: Julieta Cervantes

BOOM!, a 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.

BOOM! began as a short (17 minute) duet featured in Ishmael Houston-Jones Parallels in Black Platform Series at Danspace at St. Mark’s Church (2012). The duet was again featured a year later at New York Live Arts (2013), and was subsequently commissioned to be extended and presented in the 2014 New York Live Arts season in its evening-length entirety. The evening length BOOM! builds upon Oliver’s signature investigation of slippages in everyday life where truest selves and real life conditions are revealed, where characters betray artifice and persist in the relentless continuous management of multiple social experiences.

Cynthia Oliver’s artistic mission is to create dance theatre works that capture imaginations, engage audiences’ aesthetic, intellectual and experiential sensibilities; To excavate our social, political, and deeply personal selves and make folks laugh, cry, curse, shout and consider and reconsider what we each do every day to negotiate the complex lives we live; To engage in conversation at its most rewarding levels. To touch souls.

November 7th & 8th at 8pm
Painted Bride, 230 Vine Street, Philadelphia
$25 in advance, $30 day of show

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