About this project
Dancing on the Belly of the Beast
Loss, beauty, emptiness, gratitude, empathy, freedom...The existential complexity of adult orphanhood.
The Ivey and Sage Award-winning Off-Leash Area presents its 2017 Mainstage Production:
Performed by a cast of 18 local dancers, all of whom have lost their parents, Beast explores the complex emotional landscape of adult orphanhood and the universal experience of grief.
Inspired by Co-Artistic Director Jennifer Ilse’s own personal experiences as an adult orphan, Dancing on the Belly of the Beast is a beautiful, ritualistic memorial, speaking to the intricacies of our family relationships, the ever changing faces of grief, the voyage from guilt to gratitude, and finally to a freedom of the spirit.
Beast features a core group of veteran Twin Cities dance performers: Karla Grotting, Ray Terrill, Christine Maginnis, and Jennifer Ilse, as well as a uniquely interactive scenic design comprised of mobile screens with live choreographed painting, and an epic sound score by composer and multi-instrumentalist Craig Harris.
At the Ritz Theater - June 23-24-25, all shows 8pm
345 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Performers: Karla Grotting, Jennifer Ilse, Christine Maginnis, Ray Terrill, Thern Anderson, Mike Cohn, Lisa Conlin, Sher Demeter, Erin Ditmarson, Katherine Griffis, Becky Heist, Pat McManus, Carla Murphy, Esther Ouray, Carol Oyanagi, Sally Rousse, Kathleen Sullivan, Delta Giordano, with Paul Herwig and Jesse Neumann-Peterson.
Direction & Choreography: Jennifer Ilse in collaboration with the performers.
Set & Live Installation Design: Paul Herwig
Sound Composition: Craig Harris
Lighting Design: Heidi Eckwall
Risks and challenges
Dancing on the Belly of the Beast has 18 performers from a wide breadth of the Twin Cities dance community. This challenge has at its heart an incredibly personal shared experience that we have strived to deeply thread through this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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