The project is a collaboration between DS&D and visual artist Doni Silver Simons. The work explores time, memory and counting as well as the role of ritual and cultural identity, using the Omer as inspiration. This project examines the dissolution of time and the effect that counting has on our relationship with time and memory.
DONNA STERNBERG & DANCERS presents 49 Days: Women Who Count, a collaboration with visual/installation artist DONI SILVER SIMONS. The piece incorporates 42 female performers and seven speakers, a 49 channel sound installation, an installation documenting the creation of the work and a post-performance discussion by the collaborators. The work explores time, memory and counting as well as the role of ritual and cultural identity. The inspiration for the work is the Omer, a 7-week Jewish counting ritual characterized by a daily oral tally. Counting is universal, being conscious of time and marking its passage is common to mankind through the celebration of birthday, anniversaries and holidays. We create calendars and mark off days we leave our marks on the world and on each other. Women serve as the “keepers of time”, the ones who count. Each performer symbolizes one day and as the performance progresses more performers are moving simultaneously, overlapping one another. Similarly the sound builds, filling the space. Rhythms begin to echo heartbeats creating a cacophony of sound. The piece builds to an overlapping of 49 voices and 42 movements occurring simultaneously as time becomes past and present. Memory coexists with the present, influencing how the present is perceived and experienced. 49 Days creates a ritual of marking time.
When: April 2 at 8:30 P.M. and April 3 at 6:00 P.M.
Where: Arena 1 Gallery in the Santa Monica Airport, 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405.
Tickets: Preorder tickets online for $20 general admission, $17 students and seniors and can be purchased at http://49days.bpt.me.
Presenter / Producer: Donna Sternberg & Dancers
Dance > Contemporary Dance
Event Phone: 310-260-1198
Arena 1 Gallery
Santa Monica Airport
3026 Airport Ave.
Santa Monica CA 90405
LA - Hollywood / Westside
Performance Dates: 4/2/2016 - 4/3/2016
Tickets: Preorder tickets online for $20 general admission, $17 students/seniors
Tickets available at the door for $25 general admission, $20 students/seniors
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