I’m joined by choreographer Rachel Bernsen and composers Taylor Ho Bynum & Kyoko Kitamura to create I Know You So Well: a Sound and Movement Choir for People Who Work in Healthcare. Loosely adapted from Plato’s symposium, I Know You So Well examines the fracture of an industry or place. Our first iteration, commissioned by Artspace New Haven, focuses on healthcare. Layering song, text, choreography and improvisation, the performance brings together ten different caregivers who are divided by professional or social walls to discover what they mutually remember.

Watch a trailer for filmmaker Justice Nnnana’s documentary about the work above


PERFORMANCES
Friday, October 26, 4 PM, FREE
Saturday, October 27, 4 PM, FREE
Sunday, October 28, 4pm, FREE
The work will be performed in the Alternative Space at Yale West Campus in West Haven, adjacent to the Yale School of Nursing and the site of a former pharmaceutical company.

PERFORMERS
Janice Baker: Healer through the expressive arts
Nathalie Bonafe: Death Doula
Bill Fischer: End of life doctor
Ziael Aponte: Therapeutic dance instructor
Ann T. Greene: Cancer buddy
Laurie Sweet: Birth Doula
Jackie Trimble Shapiro: Physical Therapist
Alejandro Mestre: Nurse
Jenessa Payano Stark: Midwife
Lynn Lantieri: Caregiver for family 
Marian Evans: Daughter, wife, professor


Commissioned by Artspace, Inc, for City-Wide Open Studios with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Connecticut Office of the Arts. This project is also supported, in part, by the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.


Photos by Stephanie Anestis