Conceived, choreographed and directed by Laura Shapiro, “Globalization and its Discontents” is a movement–driven, multi–piece performance project. From the energy medicine of meditation and chi kung to the energy policies currently under public debate, she is interested in exploring the elements of which we are comprised and the elements in nature through our experience of movement in daily life and onstage.
The project began with In Parts: Moving (like the "Bride of Frankenstein"). While descriptions of stormy weather and harsh, desolate landscapes served as metaphor for unconscious psychological states in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, today it is our exploitation of natural resources and communities and the drive for power and profits unchecked by ethics that is our contemporary “monster” run amok.
Other pieces created for the project include:
Currently, Shapiro is creating The Lemonade Variations, a group piece in which she also will be performing. As she had used quite a bit of quadruped movement in After All, she conceived of this new piece as a challenge to work exclusively with bipedal movement, with the title referring to making the “lemonade” of performance from the '’lemons” of a more mature instrument.
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