As our bodies move, we tell a story. Where we have been, where we are going, what we hold on to, what we let go of. When bodies move in masses, they tell a larger story. Hope, fear, war, famine, the search for a better life. What does it mean to be just one body moving in humanity’s great crowd? This is a movement piece. Prepare to be moved.
Role: Core Creative Team, Dramaturg, Ensemble Perfomer
MASS/Rabble was a devised, immersive, movement work, created by over 30 performers and designers, that explored questions of displacement, migration, borders, and community. It was performed at the historic Baltimore War Memorial in April 2019.
This was an ambitious and challenging piece for Submersive to undertake: creating a largely wordless, non-narrative piece, collaborating with an international Butoh artist, and working with a much larger cast and audience than we have previously, in a space that was cavernous and a literal sacred place of ghosts. We stretched all our artistic and community-building skills to make space for a complex weave of ideas, images, and inspirations, and our audience's response was both unexpected and overwhelming--so many have since responded with tremendous gratitude that they were invited to participate in such a different way, and that it moved in them in ways they didn't expect.