Premiere: March 5th, 2021 | Virtual – Studio 210, San Francisco
Residents Cynthia Ling Lee & Bahiya Movement (led by duo Afia & Nafi Thomson) explore rituals of grief and healing in response to our current moment of crisis. Exploring forms and presentation models, residents present projects on a virtual platform. The evening concludes with an audience-artist exchange.
Abacus by Bahiya Movement
Abacus is a dance video in which “abused feelings reject the calculated process of healing.” Exploring the body’s response to trauma and challenges brought about by recovery, Bahiya Movement seeks to uncover the painful process of healing and the strength one must find to persevere.
Grief Rituals/Somatic Scores for Living During a Pandemic by Cynthia Ling Lee
Cynthia Ling Lee explores participatory structures that create intimacy, invite somatic embodiment, and offer communal rituals for processing grief and trauma. Ranging from audio-based improvisational scores to carefully crafted mourning rituals on Zoom, her work asks questions specific to our current moment: how can you satisfy a hunger for physical touch while in isolation? How can we grieve together during this moment?