Whether to Weather
A dance play for four men. "Weather" traces the interlocking stories of two pairs of lovers, one in a whirlwind romance under the influence of the changing seasons, the other navigating weird weather and the unraveling of their long-term relationship. The interleaved stories are told through dialogue, intricately crafted gesture, song, and lush dancing.
Whether to Weather premiered at the Noh Space, Dec 4-13, 2015 as a production of EmSpace Dance.
Conceived and directed by: Erin Mei-Ling Stuart
Written by: Brian Thorstenson
Choreographed by: Erin Mei-Ling Stuart in collaboration with the cast
Set Design: Michael Brown
Lighting Design: Del Medoff
Sound Design: Theodore J.H. Hulsker
Songwriter: Sam Barnum
Costume Design: George Alvarez
The original cast was:
Chad Dawson, Kegan Marling, Soren Santos and Wiley Naman Strasser.
S: I stared a line, sky to ground. Cleaned the ledges again and again. Ash. White Ash, falling. And inky black like from a campfire. Falling and falling and falling for weeks. White and black then flecked through: blue, green, red orange, dusty. Weeks of non stop scurrying trying to discover the source. Volcano experts in Iceland, the Pacific ring of fire. Nothing. Hubble got turned around. Nothing. National Guard trucked in, trucked out, trucked in, trucked out. Nothing. TV died, went ash with static. Outside: white, blue, black, green. You'd think it'd feel like twilight but it was more like dawn: something about to happen, about to arrive, but doesn't.