Heartland: Studies of the Heart
It's just around the corner, something is coming, yet it already happened.
The longest day.
When your heart beats so hard and fast that it dismantles your body, or when you lose the feeling of it altogether.
The density of living.
Slipping past your skin, hair on end
...thick. stuck. Like a tar you can't wipe off.
The weight of being alone.
Light. Bubbling up to the surface.
The outline of people.
Love that shows up, and stays.
Endings matter, but goodbyes choose you.
That damn snake.
I wanted to keep my skin.
Heartland is a body of research in which Heller explores the idioms, sensations, associations, and physical spaces of the heart. Her research will premiere as individual studies and pop-up events in both Salt Lake City and San Francisco over the next year. Heartland will culminate as an evening length work in 2020.
Part I: Solo + Trio
Shawl Anderson Dance Center, Berkeley, CA
Commissioned work for UP Close East Bay
Performance: Molly Heller
Live Music: Michael Wall
Performing Dance Company
Marriott Center for Dance, University of Utah
Performers: Liu Chang, Troy Martin, Bayley Smallwood
Music: Michael Wall
Mirrored Sculpture: Wendy Wischer
Part II: Three Solos + DANCEPARTY
February 10, 2019
The Beehive, SLC
DANCEPARTY with live music by Michael Wall + performance by Brian Gerke, Molly Heller, Marissa Mooney
Part III: Evening Length
Premiere date + location TBD