According to modern dance company ChangeDownDances director Chantal Downing, bridging is ultimately about connection.
“Being on the Portland Steele Bridge on a bike when the train is going by and people are crossing the river with me under buses and cars, launched me into thinking about the connections we build and the quality in which they are constructed,” says Downing. “Are they made to last? Are our connections built to be inclusive?”
On the bill for the evening are several multimedia pieces, including Throughout Redaction, a work based on “newspaper poems” by Portland-based poet Shaun Denooyer; America, danced by Downing and Heather Arnett, choreographed to the words of Beat poet Allen Ginsburg and John William’s “Air and Simple Gifts,” and Showing Up/In Fracture, a dance/film creation. The fourth piece is a duet by Arnett and Brittany Anne Gadsbury titled Distance Knowing that is “an evolving solo for two exploring the limitations and power of getting to know someone.”
ChangeDownDances: bridging @ The Sugar Space, 616 E. Wilmington Avenue, 888-300- 7898, May 15-16, 7:30 p.m. TheSugarSpace.com