This epic performance event features a 52 minute
dance piece created by Maya Soto with original music composition by Seattle
composer Paurl Walsh, as well as an interactive gallery space where the
audience is invited to step right into the creation of the work. Gathering Bones premiered in Seattle in May 2013 to sold out houses and rave reviews. Gathering Bones then toured to Portland as part of Pacific Dance Makers and Conduit Dance Inc.'s Dance+ Festival.
Gathering Bones is a movement collage exploring themes of internal
personal power, feminism and femininity through dance, music and art. Soto
dives into princess, warrior and queen archetypes through a variety of cultural
histories and resources. This performance goes back in time, exploring stories
and myths of powerful and wild women.
In Gathering Bones, the performers are both
the damsels in distress and the heroes of the moment. Nine diverse, athletic,
technically proficient, powerful dancers are constricted by giant fluffy
dresses, balance tiaras perfectly poised on regal heads, and move through
bursts of fierce locomotive movement. They are princesses. They are warriors.
And in the end, they are both at the same time. They are poised and wild and
tender and ferocious. Dark, earthy
and feminine, they share a transformation story through the power of movement. This work providing an intimate up
close and personal performance, transporting the audience into a world of myths
Download Press Kit HERE
Explore the original sound score HERE
Get a glimpse of Gathering Bones at the 2013 Arts in Nature Festival HERE
Original Music Composition
Carla Negrete Martinez