Friday – February 15th, 2019
1:00 p.m. @ Studio

Remember This? A Participatory Performance Experience

Choreographers: Genevieve Durham DeCesaro with Rachel Hirshorn-Johnston
Performers: Ali Duffy, Grayson Bradshaw, Almendra Melodia Gonzalez Berrios, Sarah Mondle, Randall Rapstine, Anthony Burton, Christie Connolly, and Genevieve Durham DeCesaro
Music: “Patipata” written and performed by Tetes Raides, “Honky Tonk Women” written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and performed by Taj Mahal, “Solace” written by Scott Joplin and performed by Joshua Ripkin

Disclaimer: This concert includes explicit language.

Artist’s Statement: “Remember This? A Participatory Performance Experience,” is a multidisciplinary concert designed to spotlight conversations about and perceptions of dementia. The aim of the concert is to publicize the humanity, as opposed to the tragedy, of the disease by approaching it as a set of interwoven stories to be told. Unlike typical theatrical production models frequently used in the performing arts, these stories are crafted by a team of artists, physicians, and scientists, effectively breaking down traditional notions of disciplinary borders. “Remember This? A Participatory Performance Experience,” works to promote a larger and louder public conversation about people living with dementia as well as the communities (e.g. caretakers, families, community business owners, hospitals, etc.) who care for them. Audience members at previous performances have noted that “[e]ach personal story was presented with honesty and a sense of urgency that compelled the audience to be invested,” that “[t]his performance is an amazingly accurate glimpse into the emotional rollercoaster associated with mental disorders (dementia/Alzheimer’s) from various perspectives,” and that, “[the concert] showcased a look at dementia in a captivating way. It didn’t make light, even in the moments of hilarity. It didn’t become hopeless in the sad realities. It didn’t stay stuck in the torment of loss. It presented a hard truth in all of its devastation with a balance that comes from having lived with and through the process of a loved one with dementia.”

Genevieve Durham DeCesaro is Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Dance at Texas Tech University. Her choreography has been commissioned and performed across the country, with notable presentations at Virginia Tech, Spelman College, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She maintains an active performance career and focuses her research in the areas of feminism in dance, transformative curricula, and equity in dance education.

Rachel Hirshorn-Johnston is an Assistant Professor of Voice & Speech at Texas Tech University, where her research examines the intersection of performing arts methodologies on vulnerable (i.e. patient, female, veteran) populations. She is a certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, and a professional actor and dialect coach. She is an active member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association (VASTA), and the Pan-American Vocology Association (PAVA).

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