Monday, March 9, 2015

Striking Performance, Powerful Subjects Found in "Searching for Self"

By Guest Blogger, Hope R. Rose
Hope is a freelance photographer and photojournalist. She has been published in Next Level Magazine,, el Hoy and other regional publications.

A past performance by Pieces of A Dream dance company.
Expectations and assumptions were not just what I found, as I rushed down to Wilmington Drama League to catch “Searching for Self,” performed by Pieces of a Dream modern dance company.
I assumed and expected to see the athleticism, skewed forms of ballet, along interpretation of some familiar music. I assumed it would be some familiar protagonist, supporting dancers, lights, fabric and all that other good stuff seen in other past dance performances.  What I did NOT expect was the challenge of taking on hidden topics of suicide, depression, along with current social issues that we as a society are “dealing with.”  It was definitely a performance that I am still “thinking” about and how I wish more youth had an opportunity to see.
The choices of music spanned from jazz, folk, hip-hop, rock. The performance was the eighth annual concert performance for Wilmington, hosted at the Wilmington Drama League on March 6 & 7, 2015.
Ashley SK Davis is the Executive and Artistic Director and brainchild for this premier modern dance company. She continues to grow and exceed my assumptions and expectations, every time I witness their performances.


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