© 2019 by Alethea Alexander

vita activa

PREMIERE: JANUARY 2020

showings and residencies at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center (Bellingham, WA),

Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, TX)

set + prop design • costumes • sound design • movement and staging

Adele Nickel + Alethea Alexander

Vita Activa is a collaborative work for two dancers, twenty 10-foot-long PVC pipes, and an 80-pound bag of concrete. It posits a feminist response to Hannah Arendt’s notions of “labour, work and action” with explorations of effort marked and practiced by female bodies. Vita Activa draws on imagery of forests, fields, and construction sites to bring the organic and inorganic into conversation. Cooperation, care, ease, frivolity, grace and grit all find their way into the labors of the work.

 

A version of Vita Activa was performed at the 7-Day Dance Festival in Bellingham, WA (August 2019). It was expanded upon in residence at Sam Houston State University (October 2019), and will premiere at the UW Dance Presents concert at the University of Washington in January 2020.

photos: Juliette Machado