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Gravity and Levity
By Eliza Ladd

DATE: August 10th, 2021 - 7pm to 8:15pm EST

Is it possible to find embodiment and community through the computer and technology? Can we still create relationships, communicate, and express ourselves through movement? Can we make meaningful theater on Zoom? Can we still find expansiveness and connect with the audience?

In a short, spoken-word and performance video— all in a little black box – Ladd shape shifts into a puppet character named fingers and eyes. She dances, sings, and speaks poetic text. It sounds funny, and at times it is, but the piece can also be heartbreaking. It ranges from slapstick to mime to dance to a cry from the depths of the artist’s heart.

Ladd says, “My work as an artist is all about the body. The pandemic removed my ability to play, perform, and practice with others in a shared space. What will become of live theater? Is it doomed to disembodiment? This question was already in the air before the pandemic with the prominence of the computer and technology. Its amazing how rhythm, time and space can survive the shift in scale and medium. It turns out that the answer to all my questions is ‘yes’ — on a very deep level. Art survives, In and through. We adapt.” – Excerpt from artist article in Sarasota Observer written with Marty Fugate. Published April 20th, 2021.

View the performance and participate in a live talkback with ‘fingers and eyes’ – the central figure of Gravity and Levity. Register below.

Collaborators: Sarasota Contemporary Dance, Toby Vera Bercovici.

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Franklin Furnace Fundwinner Verónica Peña presents:


DATE: August 27th, 2021
TIME: 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm EST
WHERE: NARS Foundation, 201 46th Street on the 4th Floor,Brooklyn, NY 11220
Image courtesy of the artist.

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