Protecting the herd by Alice Gosti – LIVE in Portland

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If you are in Portland, OR do not miss this opportunity! An immersive live performance by Italian-American choreographer Alice Gosti in collaboration with Seattle composer Benjamin Marx.
Dec. 3-5, ThursdaySaturday at 8pm
Dec. 6, Sunday at 2pm
Performance Works NW
4625 SE 67th Ave, Portland, OR
Protecting the herd is the sister performance to Alice’s How to become a Partisan, which premiered at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle in April 2015. While the latter was spacious, lasted five hours, and featured singer Hanna Benn as the focus, Protecting the herd lasts one hour and centers on a herd of seven performers. Both performances are presented in correspondence with the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Italy from the Fascists.
A key element of the performance is a one-hour song cycle, composed by Benjamin Marx (Degenerate Art Ensemble) using recordings from How to become a Partisan. This includes Hanna Benn’s singing (Pollens, Sun-Lux, Boots), songs from the partisan movement of 1943-1945, a traveling chamber choir, an intergenerational community choir, coded Italian WWII radio announcements, timpani, hand bells, and the famous organ of Saint Mark’s Cathedral. Amiya Brown‘s remarkable lighting design creates a light sculpture that functions as a container for the herd to live in.
The incredible cast of dance artists: Colleen McNeary, Alyza DelPan-Monley , Brittani Karhoff, Noelle Chun, Lorraine Lau, Kaitlin McCarthy + Amy Ross.
How do we move away from apathy and indifference into resistance? What needs to happen for us to take action? What is the space in which women are allowed/not allowed to exist? These are the timely questions driving Protecting the herd. Gosti, along with her extraordinary Seattle cast, developed the choreography using resistance as a physical score, asking questions around “What is required to act?” and, “What happens if women take the space they want, instead of having to be small and invisible?”
Protecting the herd focuses on questions of identity, community, and where art belongs, challenging the canonic boundaries of dance.
Protecting the herd has been made possible thanks to Velocity Dance Center’s AiR (Artis in Residency) program and Made in Seattle Program.
A PWNW Alembic Co-Production
Made possible with the support of the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation