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vestiges

a two-part series on survival and regeneration.

creative directed by imana gunawan

 

artist statement

the works in this series are informed by and were created in response to the stories that I’ve covered as a journalist, especially those on migration, displacement, and structural violence. part one explored ideas around collective sorrow, and the ways that trauma or pressure-filled circumstances influence interpersonal relationships. part two investigates the role of rituals in rebuilding structural joy, and the use of grief as nourishment and fuel in carrying on.

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vestiges I


vestiges I


  1. vestiges, and other things that keep on


The shifting of movement in different groupings sparked a meditation on self-reflection and consciousness, and sparkled with each assisted lift or solo suspension.
— Broadway World, 2015

performances:

  • University of Washington Dance Majors Concert
    Seattle, WA (debut, 2014)

  • American Dance Guild Festival
    New York, NY (2015)

AVAILABLE FOR TOURING

 
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vestiges II


vestiges II


II. vestiges, to those who couldn’t hold on


creative direction, choreography, and set design: imana gunawan
choreography and performance: cheryl Delostrinos, devin marie muñoz, el nyberg, ivana lin
music production: Luna God
music: “***Flawless” (background vocals) by Beyoncé, “ft. 30” by Caleb Talbert, “Love Drought” (instrumental) by Beyoncé, “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Aretha Franklin.
lighting design: rich bresnahan and alex harding
costume: Prairie Underground, with additional styling by Imana Gunawan

This work is dedicated to my family, both by blood and by circumstance, both living and passed. This work is dedicated to the spirits of those who die in systemic violence everyday around the world and never get their names printed in newspapers or etched in tomb stones. More importantly, this work honors the spirits of those who get to live, but live with a denied right to their full humanity. May our grief nourish and fuel us.

My deepest gratitude to Cheryl, el, Devin, and Ivana. Thank you to Davora Lindner and the team at Prairie Underground for being in conversation with me in the costuming of this work. Thank you to Caleb Talbert for your generosity with your time and talent.

Imana Gunawan’s tribute to victims of systematic violence ... was a softly beautiful work of bodies perpetually tumbling and circling, mimicking the rose petals that fell from the ceiling throughout the piece.
— SeattleDances, 2019

performances:

  • On the Boards’ Northwest New Works Festival
    Seattle, WA (debut, 2019)

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