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We Will Return in the Spring delves into Chekhov’s iconic work The Cherry Orchard through an interdisciplinary approach that blends theater, movement, music, installation, and particularly, audience immersion. Audiences are invited to join the family in welcoming home their beloved matriarch. As the revelries turn sour, and the imminent loss of the estate looms near, the world of the play cracks open, luring the audience into the subconscious world of Chekhov’s characters. We Will Return in the Spring is an opportunity to see past the seemingly flawless beauty of the cherry blossoms, dig into the soil, and expose what is poisoning the orchard at its roots.
DATAPRINT is an installation-type performance that blends theater, music, dance, and multimedia, and invites audiences to examine the impact of their online fingerprint, as well as question the ethics of data privacy. Data technology is developing at a skyrocketing rate, but policy and ethics conversations are struggling to catch up. DATAPRINT aims to spark dialogue about data privacy, about the ways in which our online behavior defines who we are, and about the implications of the increasingly data-driven world on society and on democracy.
The Living Altar Project is a multi-disciplinary performance piece honoring the lives of individuals killed in conflict, whether military or civilian, and regardless of origin, gender, religion, status, or profession. Through a series of successive 30-minute performance pieces called “Living Altars”, casualties are given a name, a face, a story, and equal value. Living Altars will be based on information gathered through surveys completed by those close to the deceased. The Living Altar Project asks the difficult question: what is a life worth?
SPACES is an immersive experience that merges contemporary performance with the ancient art of storytelling. SPACES goes beyond site-specific, it is place-specific: each SPACES piece is built around the site of its performance, but above all, it is created and performed with the local community that gives this place its life and identity.
California, USA - July 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, & 18, 2021
SPACES: Oakland will be developed in the San Francisco Bay Area, drawing from California’s history and Oakland’s multiculturalism. Oaklanders will share personal stories that reflect the rich social and cultural fabric of an increasingly gentrified and culturally diverse city. Presented in Oakland’s historic downtown, SPACES will take over the Oakland City Hall and the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, dominant emblems of authority that represent government bureaucracy.
France - Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 6, 8 & 9 2021
🇬🇧 SPACES: Saint-Denis will bring to life the blend of cultures that make the city of Saint-Denis in the Métropole of Grand Paris, a medieval town and royal necropolis later industrialized to become a city for immigrants and for the working class. SPACES: Saint-Denis will be performed at the Saint-Denis market and the Basilica of Saint-Denis and will weave together French history and urban transformation in full speed.
🇫🇷 Expérience immersive qui combine performances contemporaines et art de la narration orale, SPACES est une création participative conçue pour le lieu où elle prend place. Chaque version s'écrit en fonction de l'espace de jeu donné, de son histoire et de ses habitants. À Saint-Denis, des allées du marché aux travées de la Basilique, les spectateurs sont guidés en groupe par des danseurs silencieux dans un voyage à travers musique et danse, à la rencontre d'habitants qui leur racontent des histoires personnelles les liant à la ville. Aux frontières de l'intime et du collectif, du quotidien et du poétique, SPACES rappelle l’appartenance de chacun à un territoire commun. Pour plus d'informations sur SPACES : Saint-Denis, cliquez ici.
Kaimera has been invited to develop SPACES: Saint-Denis and SPACES: Oakland as part of the two-city cooperation project administered by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., which brings together cultural actors, public authorities, and academia to examine artists’ participation in building inclusive metropolises.
France - October 2021
🇬🇧 SPACES: Pleyel will re-imagine the Pleyel neighborhood of Saint-Denis at a time of unprecedented transformation, as it prepares to host the largest station of the Grand Paris Express on the occasion of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A project in three parts, SPACES: Pleyel invites residents to present their stories in a choreographic guided tour and leave a permanent visible trace on their neighborhood.
🇫🇷 SPACES : Pleyel réinventera le quartier Pleyel de Saint-Denis en profonde mutation urbaine, alors qu'il s'apprête à accueillir la plus grande gare du nouveau réseau de transport francilien Grand Paris Express ainsi que le Village Olympiques des Jeux de 2024. Projet en trois volets, SPACES: Pleyel invite les habitants à présenter leurs histoires dans une visite guidée chorégraphique et à laisser une trace tangible et plus durable sur leur quartier. Pour plus d'informations sur SPACES : Pleyel, cliquez ici.