Heroes and Villains
The first movement of Heroes and Villains, deals with our "Visceral" reactions to one another. In the wake of staggering numbers of murders in Baltimore, questions of police brutality, and omnipresent, de-facto segregation, often based on fear or the desire for safety, slowing down snap decisions and revealing the depth of individual lives is our task in this work.
As an intentionally cross-cultural ensemble, we discussed the preconceived notions we have encountered about ourselves, and developed choreography to tell that story.
The second and third movement of this piece deal with "Vulnerability" and "Vision," which, together, are a part of a three-tiered, arts-based community development methodology that Guardian seeks to uphold thorough practice, performance, and the passing on of folk dance traditions.