A trio exploring integrated and complex grief, the winding way through each – and what lies beyond.
Cast: Nora Buonagurio, Katy Esper, Erin McNulty, Mary Teuscher
Choreographer: Erin McNulty, in collaboration with the dancers
PREMIERE: February 9, 2019, NACHMO Boston, The Dance Complex
Restaged: March 23 & 24, 2019, Nice to Miss You by Natalie Johnson Dance, The Center for Arts at the Armory || June 8, 2019, Dance for World Community Festival
The words we use to describe the experience of grief are often searing. Whatever kind of ‘loss’ we are grieving – a person, a relationship, a belief system, something personal or something global – the journey and aftermath can be almost violent as a new reality is forged within.
Psychiatrists now use terms such as reconciliation, integration, and adjustment to describe grief outcomes, rather than the more traditional recovery or acceptance. Our choreographic process involves investigating this messier reality through writing exercises and improvisational tasks, to get to the core of our own experiences with grief – and where they have left us.