Moving Collective presents Her Name Was Mary
Louisville, Kentucky, January 10, 2018
Moving Collective charms audiences once again with another fresh and ingenious evening length dance production, Her Name Was Mary. This narrative modern dance work premiers February 16th, 8 PM, with subsequent shows February 17th, 8 PM, and February 18th, 2 PM. Louisville Collegiate School (2427 Glenmary Ave, 40204) hosts Moving Collective in their new, state of the art black box theatre. Tickets are available at louisvilletickets.com, $20 General Admission, $15 Students/Seniors.
Her Name Was Mary is a collection of vignettes taking inspiration from historical and fictional women named Mary. Choreographers and co-directors of Moving Collective Theresa Bautista and Amanda Browning are joined by Ila Conoley Paladino of ICONography Dance for this zealous endeavor.
This non-stop evening of dance offers comedy, the ridiculous, darkness, beauty, and some straight-up dance. Some of the work is concrete and obvious while some leaves the storyline to the audience. The evening in its entirety will be narrated by a recording of Kevin Flores providing the opportunity for the audience to truly “get it.”
The three larger works of the evening include Bautista’s Mary Webster, Browning’s Mary Todd Lincoln, and Conoley Paladino’s Typhoid Mary. Mary Webster sends the audience careening as Bautista takes them into the heart of an accused witch. Browning chronologically yet abstractly lays out the life of Mary Todd Lincoln with rich movement and physical relationships. Typhoid Mary addresses the life and struggles of the first known asymptomatic carrier of disease in the United States through the personification of typhoid and dark humor. Layered throughout the evening are brief sketches of other Marys including Mary Had a Little Lamb and Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, to name a few.
In addition to an evening full of physicality, Moving Collective offers a Mary-inspired art gallery. Bautista invited local artists to create visual art inspired by the Marys. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about the Mary muses and gain inspiration from the visual artists’ creations. Celebrated artists such as Beth Henson, Moriah Mudd-Kelly, Tess Payton, and Sunny Ra are amongst the artists for this brilliant lobby gallery.
After each concert, available dance and visual artists will engage with the audience in a 20 minute talk-back about the subject matter and inspiration. The audience is encouraged to stay, ask questions, and learn more.
Moving Collective has long provided a home for modern dance in Louisville and is excited to expand their community for this show to include guest artists from New York and Washington D.C. This concert boasts technical and expressive dancers who demonstrate fluidity, strength, and depth. Through the tutelage of Bautista and Browning the dance community continues to grow and deepen. Moving Collective is proud to present this diverse, accessible concert to Louisville, Kentucky.
Co-Artistic Director, Moving Collective