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Company SBB

Embarqued: Stories of Soil

Sat, July 23, 7:30 pm
Sun, July 24, 7:30 pm
45 mins
Schaeffer Theatre

Embarqued: Stories of Soil is a dance-theatre work centered around a transformative shipmast inviting migratory reflections, revealing post-colonial foundations and mythology. Through questioning existing relationships to memorials we call up all who made our united history, enabling us to viscerally and holistically connect our country both forwards and backwards in space and time.

Based in New York since 2011, Company SBB was founded in France in 2008, where it quickly caught the attention of presenters, fellow artists and audiences with its award-winning choreographic installations, riveting performers and intellectually ambitious creations. The company creates work which aims to impact local and global communities. Company SBB’s social and philosophical messages are visceral and accessible to a diverse public, enabling people to embrace emotional content from a place of kinetic empathy. The company is in permanent residence at University Settlement in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, is regularly produced by La MaMa Experimental Theater of New York City and is supported by the Jerome Robbins Foundation.

Performance highlights include the 2021 American Ballet Theatre world premiere of monuMEnts at the 5 Moons Festival invited by the Osage Nation, Bessie nominated dance cinema piece Kolonial, commissioned by Baryshnikov Arts Center, 2020 Duke Performances digital commission Current, 2019 Crossing The Line Festival commission of Look Who’s Coming To Dinner in partnership with La MaMa Experimental Theatre, and 2018 & 2019 tour to France and the Spoleto and Lecce Festivals of Italy of Bienvenue??WelcomeBienvenido???? ??, an interdisciplinary performance which examines the various definitions of walls and our willingness to share space with others.

The company has been seen throughout the United States at such festivals as the Lincoln Center Restart Stages, Ringling International Arts Festival, Jacob’s Pillow and Kinderhook, Saratoga… Throughout Europe in internationally renowned theatres and festivals such as Spoleto Italy, Lecce Italy, Prague, Brussels, Montpellier, The Paris Opèra, Festival Avignon Off, Festival Onze Bouge. The company is artist in residence at the Center of American Art and Culture in Paris, France.

Inside Dance Event

Community Workshop
Sun | July 24 | 11am | Lewiston Farmers Market


Embarqued: Stories of Soil has received commissioning support from ArtYard and the Baryshnikov Arts Center.
Embarqued has been created through critical research and creative residencies provided by ArtYard, Duke Performances at Duke University, and The Yard in Chilmark, MA, in partnership with Martha’s Vineyard Museum and Martha’s Vineyard African American Heritage Trail.
Embarqued was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project has received additional support from Jerome Robbins Foundation.

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