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Dance Nation

by Clare Barron
Directed by Emily Moler

Stage Manager: Gillian Lelchuk

Scenic Designer: Raphael Mishler

Costume Designer: Zoë Trautman

Lighting Designer: Shelby Thach

Sound Designer: Harper Justus

Composer: Salvador Zamora

Face Audition


Petal Dance


Sexy Robot Babies


World on Fire


The Final Moment



Director's Statement:

"Dance Nation is as messy and chaotic, hormonal, and buoyant as a preteen girl. Loud and fast and bursting with vibrant color and texture as different from one moment as it is to the other. Girls can fly but they also get their first periods, we see magic potions made of black coffee and way too much sugar. We are stuck, at once deeply believing that we are capable of flight but being too scared to look at ourselves in the mirror. At one moment transcendent fluid grace, the other, bones bursting through skin. It’s in our preteen years that most of us learn that our bodies are capable of both.


The play places us back in the fluids and the passion of 13, where there is pain and ecstasy and nothing in between. Through dance, they attempt to squeeze all that messiness into form and into technique.


Dance makes the world make sense. Dance makes their bodies make sense.


Dance Nation is exactly what we need right now after being so disconnected from the people around us and disconnected from our bodies. I see this production as an opportunity to celebrate everything that is thrilling and vital about live theater. The play is shocking and messy. It connects us back to a time when we were living fully in our bodies. It theatricalizes hormonal ambition and hunger, and I don’t think it’s possible to see this play without throwing you back in time to yourself at 13.


It’s also an opportunity for us to examine how we want to make theatre moving forward. As we watch these girls attempting to balance friendship and ambition, support and competition, rigor and play, we’re also figuring out how we can find that balance ourselves.


Dance Nation reminds us that shame is not our natural state. Inside all of us there is still a limitless sexy robot monster baby ready to fight for what they want and if you remember them, if you see them, if you give them the permission you might just grow your fangs back."

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