A trio exploring integrated and complex grief, the winding way through each – and what lies beyond.
Cast (rotating): Nora Buonagurio, Katy Esper, Erin McNulty, Mary Teuscher
Choreographer: Erin McNulty, in collaboration with the dancers
PREMIERE: NACHMO Boston, Feb 2019, The Dance Complex
Restaged: Nice to Miss You by Natalie Johnson Dance, March 2019, The Center for Arts at the Armory || Dance for World Community Festival, June 2019, Harvard Square
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 like reconciliation, integration, and adjustment to describe grief outcomes, rather than the more traditional recovery or acceptance. Our choreographic process investigates this messier reality through writing exercises and improvisational tasks, as well as reflection on source material from Hisham Matar’s memoir The Return, to get to the core of our own experiences with grief – and where they have left us.