Saturday, September 10 at 7:30pm
Conwell Dance Theater
An improvised performance delving into the aesthetics of healing from trauma. Six dancers and a musician follow movement and music scores abstracted from PTSD therapies to uplift the labor of survivors. Rather than staging moments of violence, revenge, or catharsis the performers take the subtlety of healing as a new territory to explore as they wind their way through a projected installation of domestic scenes.
We are not defined by the moments of violence we experience. It’s Everything After that makes us who we are.
For ages 18+
This work explores issues of trauma and trauma recovery. The existence of sexual assault, abuse, and violence will be mentioned within this context, but explicit stories of violence and abuse will not be shared. The work is not intended to be triggering AND we also recognize that triggers are intensely personal. You are always free to quietly step out of the theater and take a break if you find the performance overwhelming.
Health & Safety
Masks are required to attend this event. Audience members must wear masks for the duration of this performance. Vaccination cards will not be checked. Please plan accordingly.
Director: Ella-Gabriel Mason
Dancers: Lia Haynes, Mandy Hackman, Ella-Gabriel Mason, Tessa Rhodes, Tiana Sanders, Madeline Shuron
Music and Videography: Miles Wilder
Video editing and installation: Ella-Gabriel Mason
This project was funded by a Vice Provost for the Arts Student Grant from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
About the Artist
Ella-Gabriel Mason wants to understand who we are, how we got here, and how we’re all thinking and feeling about that. An artmaker, educator and bodyworker, they combine rigorous academic research with lived experience, words with dance, brain with body, living in the tension between ways of knowing and methods of being.Over the past decade Mason has created 7 evening-length performance works and a number of installations, video pieces, and short movement works. They have been granted residencies at Future Tenant Gallery (PGH) and Pearlarts Studios (PGH), and their works have been presented at the New Hazlett Theater (PGH), Kelly-Strayhorn Theater (PGH), vox populi (PHL), wild project (NYC), WOW Café Theater (NYC), and BAAD! (NYC). In addition to their work as a creator and performer, Mason is a licensed massage therapist specializing in trauma-sensitive bodywork. They bring their deep background in embodied practices to their work (both paid and volunteer) in a variety of community organizing roles. Mason is currently a dance MFA candidate at Temple University and aspiring to bake the perfect babka.