the ubiquitous mass of us

Premiere: June 14, 2014 New Hazlett Theater's inaugural CSA Performance Series
Created by: Maree ReMalia in collaboration with the artists and performers
Performers: David Bernabo, Joseph Hall, Taylor Knight, Paul Kruse, Adil Mansoor, Moriah Ella Mason, Maree ReMalia, Jil Stifel, and Anna Thompson
Length: 1 hour
Sound Design: David Bernabo
Set Design: Blaine Siegel
Costume Stylist: Rachel Vallozzi
Lighting Design: Katie Jordan
Text: Gaston Bachelard, Corydan Ireland, Deborah Jowitt, Nicole Krauss, Starhawk, Elizabeth Streb
Photo Credit for premiere: Renee Rosensteel and Mr. Snap Photo
Photo Credit for Fresh Works in progress: Mark Simpson
Photo Credit for Tumblr page: Paul Kruse
Videography: David Bernabo, Louis Cappa, Jeremy Fleischman, Paul Kruse
Video Editing Work-in-Progress: David Bernabo & Maree ReMalia
Video Editing Performance Trailer: Paul Kruse

Starting Point

Early inquiries stemmed from Maree’s personal experiences and inquiries related to divisions of land and inhabitation of living spaces and the ways in which our internal landscapes become storehouses of information. Each performer has been invited to consider her/his personal experiences related to these topics through physical explorations, readings, and dialogue all of which have become source material for the piece. View materials informing the work.

Description

The Ubiquitous Mass of Us is an interdisciplinary performance work created over three intensive rehearsal periods throughout 2013-2014. In this escalating journey, with a hint of other worldliness, we question the bounds of our identities and the way we take up space – Who are we as individuals? Who are we together? How far beyond what we conceive of ourselves can we go? What are the myriad ways in which we inhabit space? What are the visible and invisible boundaries we create? How are these questions impacted by and connected to contemporary issues in a larger context? Here, we bare the complexity of our individual and collective identities through a broad range of physicality and newly discovered expressions that explore the liminal zones and hard lines between.

press

Pittsburgh's Top 10 for Dance 2014 according to Adrienne Totino
Pittsburgh's Top 10 for Dance 2014 according to Jane Vranish

Work in Progress

Examiner
Pittsburgh Cross Currents

Premiere

Post-Gazette
Coal Hill Review

writings

Michael Morris blog
Blog Project Post

photos

Tumblr Spotlight Page

video

Video Excerpts of the Work-in-Progress

The Ubiquitous Mass of Us - Trailer from Paul Kruse on Vimeo.


The Ubiquitous Mass of Us - Excerpt

support

Maree ReMalia receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. This project has also been supported in part by The Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative, Kelly Strayhorn Theater's Fresh Works Residency, and PearlArts Studios Salon Series.

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