May 3rd, 2019 at Velocity Dance Center
In a Monomyth or a hero’s journey, the protagonist faces a call to adventure, experiences trials, challenges, growth and ultimately a return back to what is known. What happens when the “known” is removed from the journey? What happens when significant checkpoints are absent including a revelation, transformation and atonement? What are we left with? This performance aims to explore intricacies of an uncertain journey; one without a designated hero, meaning and explicit pursuits, but rather a journey that embraces process and the unknown.
Monomyth I is an interwoven evening of dance created by five artists whose aim is to explore these intricacies of an uncertain journey. Each artist started their process by acknowledging the monomyth by a stripping away of all its defining features in order to render it unrecognizable. Yet through this process of creating unrecognizability emerged a recognizable and authentic self narrative, removed from the original narrative of the monomyth. Each piece in Monomyth I aims to embrace process and the unknown over the concentric pursuits and meaning of the monomyth.
the PIECES of Monomyth I
by Christin Call
In Limitations 10, a woman suspended above the floor investigates the permission of her body in space. What is the access point for her to enter a received story, and how are the limitations for entering it a way to examine the values of the epic journey? Through poetic monologue and idiosyncratic movement vocabulary she may decide to bring the world closer to her, to absorb it, and to work to towards an always unfinished process towards desire, sexual identity, knowledge, and belonging.
"Each of the five artists/groups presenting—Sophia Arnall, Christin Call, tiffana, Meredith Pellon, and Maia Veague—showed thoughtfulness and presence in a meditative series of works. The Velocity theater was set up intimately in the round, and ushers stated a no-clapping policy, which allowed the works to gently overlap, flowing from one into another"
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