Liquidus; a series of solo dance performances conceived during New York City’s COVID-19 shelter in place. Tabula Rasa Dance Theater will livestream this series on YouTube; Saturday July 25, August 1st, 8th, and 15th at 7pm EST. Four dancers from different communities with distinct experiences navigating COVID-19, two who have tested positive and two who have tested negative, will perform live from their respective homes. These performers have subsisted without support, unemployment benefits, or relief during lockdown.
Noriko Naraoka, Positive COVID-19, Japanese
Winnie Asawakanjanakit, Negative COVID-19, Thai
Felipe Escalante, Founder and Artistic Director of Tabula Rasa Dance Theater, Negative COVID-19, Mexican
All living in New York City
The dancers fear their mortality. Some feel powerless to help their families and loved ones in other countries. They suffer feelings of hopelessness, solitude, depression, and anger. The many months in lockdown have affected their bodies and minds, including the abilities to be social beings. There is hope we’ll emerge a better species after the pandemic ends but historically, plagues and pestilence have never fundamentally changed human nature.
Music by Felix Huerta. Costumes, coordinated by Executive Director Amy Fine Collins, designed by Geoffrey Beene, Scooter LaForge, Noriko Naraoka and Sergio Perez.