Made to Dance in Burning Buildings by Anya Pearson

World Premiere at Shaking The Tree Theatre

February 2019

Made to Dance in Burning Buildings played to a sold out house at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater in April 2018.

Join us at Shaking the Tree for the World Premiere and see the show New York Theatre Critic, Anthony J. Piccione, called a "standout."

 

A fusion of poetry, theatre, and violent and visceral contemporary dance, which poses the question: how do we heal from trauma? 

It's about Ava, a young black woman, who is raped by her boyfriend's friends while he watches; she develops PTSD as a result. Metaphorically, she fractures into five different women who each represent a different facet of her personality (Romance, Despair, Madness, Perseverance, and Missing You). Poetically, these women narrate her journey through PTSD while she, her first love, and her abusers explore through dance the trauma and the events leading up to it. 

Based on a true story, and inspired by the original choreopoem, Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls, this play seeks to revolutionize the theatrical experience by combining poetry and breathtaking and gut wrenching contemporary dance to tell an all too familiar story in a brand new way. 

"It is told in a fresh, highly experimental way that makes it feel unique and modern compared to other shows that deal with similar subject matter."
Anthony J. Piccione, New York Theatre Critic

For the play, Anya is the inaugural winner of the $10,000 Voice is a Muscle Grant from the Corporeal Voices Foundation which is run by best-selling author Lidia Yuknavitch. The grant recognizes a writer of color from Oregon who demonstrates exemplary merit and a passion for social justice. 

 

 
 Kayla Banks, Jennean Farmer, Anya Pearson, Monique Sanchez, Reese Antoinette, and Aleca Piper in the showcase production at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater. Photo: Susie Lang.

Kayla Banks, Jennean Farmer, Anya Pearson, Monique Sanchez, Reese Antoinette, and Aleca Piper in the showcase production at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater. Photo: Susie Lang.

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 Anya Pearson and Aleca Piper  in the showcase production at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater. Photo: Susie Lang.

Anya Pearson and Aleca Piper  in the showcase production at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater. Photo: Susie Lang.

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