Onion Dances at 2016 SoLowFest


Talia Mason will present Onion Dances as a part of SoLowFest 2016 on Friday, June 17th at 7PM, Saturday June 18th at 8PM, and Sunday, June 26th at 7PM at Headlong Studios, 1170 S. Broad Street.

Uncooked, eager, inquisitive, “Onion Dances” is an evening-length autobiographical solo created by Talia Mason.  With Mira Treatman’s help as dramaturg, we are currently exploring the process of chopping onions to unsurface memories; we are physically digging into the labor, effort, work and the universality of onions by chopping bags of onions.  Talia is interested in the idea of an inherited past. “Onion Dances” is about unveiling layers, digging deeper, and finding visceral, full-bodied movement and full-bodied feelings.  In the solo, Talia explores her Jewish American roots as a 7th generation American Jew.  As a Jew distinctly removed from the Holocaust but feeling a certain inherited trauma as a Jewish American, Talia is drawn to the idea of never understanding but wanting to understand.  Rebecca Rossen’s “Dancing Jewish” will serve as one of the research components to the creative process.  In “Onion Dances”, Talia plays, dances, sings, talks, cooks, and might even dye clothes on stage with different colored onions.

Mason’s choreography lives in the realm of gauzy memory; she is interested in experimentation in performance, in dances that start with language but move towards movement. Her high school years and summers in college spent  at the Dance Exchange (formerly Liz Lerman Dance Exchange) radically shifted her notion of what dance is and who a dancer can be. She choreographs because she believes that ordinary bodies can do extraordinary things. She is interested in creating work that magnifies voices that appear ant-like in this world.

Onion Dances
SoLowFest 2016
Friday, June 17th at 7PM
Saturday June 18th at 8PM
Sunday, June 26th at 7PM
Headlong Studios, 1170 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia
Tickets are on a sliding scale of $5 to $10. Seating is limited to 30 people a night. Tickets sold at the door.

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