HER, which premiered as an evening-length production in October 2014, centers around the experiences, struggles, and stories of women and girls. To maintain the raw power and honesty of this work, KAIROS has included young dancers as well as community members of all ages in every stage of this project, from development to performance. HER creates a platform for multi-generational, multi-racial mothers and daughters to address issues of bullying and perform together in a professional production with dancers from the company (This project was formerly entitled That Girl and the Other One).
Boston Center for the Arts Residency 2012
In HER‘s beginning stages as a group work at the June 2012 Boston Center for the Arts Dance Residency, KAIROS held workshops with teens from The Urbano Project, Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, and The Dance Studio of Orange, MA. These students participated in writing exercises, discussions, and improvisation-based movement generation and performed with the company in the final performance.
“The Horde”, October 2014
The success of this initiative inspired the artistic directors to involve even more women and girls in the project. The production of HER has built-in sections for what we call “the horde” of women. The horde functions as a corps of dancers as well as witnesses and echoes of the images created by the company. KAIROS included a cast of over 30 multi-generational, multi-racial girls and women from the community, ages 9 through 50, for the premiere in October 2014.
Outreach Goals & Philosophy
This experience has prepared the company to involve community members and students in the project wherever it goes. The themes of the work – bullying, aggression, conformity, identity, and understanding – are powerfully relevant and prime for exploration through movement classes and discussion. In addition, students from a residency or pre-performance class could be involved in the actual performance, intensifying the experience as a whole and giving community members the opportunity to be on stage with a professional dance company as an integral part of the production.
As performance artists, we believe that art is the threshold for communication, and we look forward to reaching more communities through this project and facilitating discussion, storytelling, and expression.