A new dance work by Los-Angeles based choreographer Marina Magalhães, Womb explores themes of darkness, womb space, and the intrinsic relationship between body-spirit-land and represents the first activation of Magalhaes’s nationally award-winning project, Body as a Crossroads, that visualizes the possibilities of dance-making as change-making.Womb lives in the sacred meeting space of dualities, wherein it is possible to conjure spirit through flesh, find joy in grief, and create ritual out of rupture. The work was catalyzed by Magalhães’s personal experience of miscarriage mid-global pandemic and incorporates the singular storytelling of her fellow creators and dance-makers, Bianca Medina and Tatiana Zamir. Together, they bring to life a timely evening of live performance which care-fully contends with cycles of death and rebirth.
Womb is created in collaboration with dance artists Bianca Medina (New York) and Tatiana Zamir (Los Angeles); visual artists Anthony Suber (Houston) and Francis Almendárez (Houston); lighting designer and technical director Maximilian Urruzmendi (San Francisco); costume designer Elida Berry-Donat (Los Angeles); sound designer Avila Eytan Do Espirito Santo (Los Angeles), and producer Xandra Eden (Houston).
Body as a Crossroads is made possible with support from Creative Capital, MAP Fund, and the Doris Duke Foundation Performing Artist Recovery Fund in the New York Community Trust. Womb, a project of Body as a Crossroads is presented by DiverseWorks and is made possible through project support from the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, an Artist Engagement Fund from the National Performance Network, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Additional program supporters include the Brown Foundation, Inc., City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, Dance Source Houston, Houston Endowment, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and DiverseWorks members and patrons.
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