sheila regan

The Chasm: Two Prevailing Winds of Gabriela Mistral

Dust on the Highway
Dust on the Highway

Pictured: Indira Addington, alejandra Tobar-alatriz, Laurel Orman, Sasha Wollach. Photo by Scott Pakudaitis

The Chasm: Two Prevailing Winds of Gabriela Mistral | Media List

  • icon Dust on the Highway

    Pictured: Indira Addington, alejandra Tobar-alatriz, Laurel Orman, Sasha Wollach. Photo by Scott Pakudaitis



Statement

This is a piece about the chasm between sorrow and life. Using the poetry of Gabriela Mistral as text, we explore passion on two sides of a mirror: The passion of mourning and desolation on one side, and the projection of color and fecundity on the other.

Hector Roberts created the story for this piece using the poetry of Gabriela Mistral. The ensemble of actors collaborated on the movement, which I directed. The movement was juxtaposed with an original score by John Torgeson and projected images of photographs taken by Hector Roberts.

Reviews

"Delivered mostly in Spanish, the poetry of Gabriela Mistral is spoken, chanted, flung back and forth antiphonally by a chorus, and brought to life by the actions of the cast. There is not what anyone would call a "story" and there is not a mere miming of words. This is a far more sophisticated and evocative piece of high art. The chorus is magically synchronized, speaking with one shared breath and one shared intonation, all while moving through choreography that ranges from sculptural groupings to swift action."
-John Munger, dance critic

"A battle of mood, passion, light and dark wrapped up in a cloak of beautiful words. "- Kate Iverson, The Rake, Secrets of the Day

"A Beautiful Work"- Chris O. Kidder, City Pages, Culture to Go