The World Premiere of rose walk green ice is the culmination of work begun with Home and Agawam that explores self-awareness within communal bonds. By varying spatial orientation to the audience, utilizing various groupings, and highlighting key moments from previous pieces in the trilogy, audiences are offered multiple perspectives of each character, from a variety of angles. Through these perspectives, the audience is offered notions of familial bonding and identity formation, in the hopes that each audience member becomes more aware and appreciative of the complete self and of those around them.
"With HOME, we explored the rituals people undertake to discover their identity. The constant shifts in dynamics model the inconsistencies and uncertainties we go through in growth. The dancers experienced boundaries, and learned how to navigate through them in their journey towards self-actualization. After premiering this piece, we were told that certain sections recreated personal memories for audience members. It was a success in that people were able to access something that reminded them of their home and their personal journey through the movement," explained Ms. Fellion. "This investigation went even further with Agawam. We explored how places of origin shape familial bonds and identity formation. We contemplated how we may choose to accept, oppose, or become indifferent to our familial bonds, ultimately hoping to find personal identity within our families, and how our families shape our personal identities. Audience members were moved to share that through our piece they connected to their honoring and rebellion from their own heritage and women's roles in their family history," She continued, "In building rose walk green ice, I plan to strengthen these points of access and add to the elements of both familial bonds and personal identity, with further development of material from HOME and Agawam. The movement vocabulary and desired aesthetic is established, so now I want to look at how spatial orientation, movement manipulation, various partnering and staging elements add to and/or take away from the desired goal. I aim to further define intentions and improve the impact of several moments. I hope audience members see themselves in these characters and become more aware of how their previous experiences have shaped the way they interact with others. In realizing this, maybe they can extend more compassion to others."
This evening also includes special guest artists the Chicago-based Winifred Haun & Dancers, performing Trashed, a collaboration between Winifred Haun and Australian Circus Artist Emma Serjeant.