Love Protagonists is an interactive work that breaks the fourth wall and invites the audience to participate in, and even shape, the piece before them. As the audience member is invited into the artistic dialogue, Love Protagonists provides the opportunity to explore our differences and the experiences that can transcend such divisions. The foundation of the piece is rooted in creating a safe space for both artist and audience to engage in authentic and honest dialogue on race, gender, and empathy through movement and text.
Beginning with a short film in which the dancers share their thoughts on gender, race, their personal narratives, and love, they then launch out into the space and into their auto-dramas - works that chronicle their lives. The audience then moves into the space and the personal narratives to see the work up close, and even to inhabit the choreography. The audience is sometimes escorted through choreographic landscapes based on race and gender; sometimes they are escorted out to watch from a distance and then escorted back in again. As the piece finishes with a dialogue on Love, the audience and the dancers share an intimate and profound connection as the work concludes.
"Walking into the space with the dancers made me feel connected …not only on an artistic level, but more deeply on a human level. I was able to be a part of their story, and they were able to be a part of mine." - Sarah Katz, Student / New York City
Choreography: Francesca Harper
Run time: 50 minutes, 8