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“Resilience” performance by Catey Ott Dance Collective in conjunction with Doors Open Milwaukee
September 26 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pmfree
This seamless dance performance titled “Resilience” blends technical and innovative movement into a journey through the mind, body, and emotions experienced during the 2020-21 pandemic through an interpretive lens. Memories, happenings, and mindful reflections are explored based on loss, love, ritual, boredom, and efforts for revival. The energy and tone of the work eventually evolves into an explosion of gratitude for the aspects of life that really pull us all through the tough times. Catey Ott Dance Collective performs choreography by artistic director Catey Ott Thompson with inspiration and movement development by dance artists Natasha Posey, Sarah Chomeau, Rebecca Johnson, and Anna Sanders. “In Good Company (Pandemic Survival and Revival)” opens the show with hints of insolation and angst that wind down into a zen mode. Catey Ott Thompson’s solo, “Congruence”, was developed based on the psychological concept of balancing the inner and outer self and what it means to embrace patience, acceptance, and mother nature to soothe the temperament. Rebecca Johnson’s solo, “beyond the mire”, is a journey of discovering how to adjust and endure. It explores the process of asserting autonomy and regaining control in times of limitation or vulnerability. The finale, “Pandemic Pods: Always At My Side”, evolves into a community explosion of gratitude for the aspects of life (family, friends, and simple comforts) that really pull us all through the tough times. The pieces will be knitted together by movement interludes for guest artists Ogechi Egekeze and Kathleen Wolff. Original music compositions for In Good Company and Congruence were created by Baltimore’s renown Tim Nohe in collaboration with Catey Ott Thompson and company’s choreography.