What is Home an Obscure Kingdom an Opera Buffa It’s You Always You
Produced by Coriolis Dance
Presented by Northwest Film Forum
$25 General Admission
$15 Student/Senior/NWFF Member
What is Home an Obscure Kingdom an Opera Buffa It’s You Always You is an immersive evening-length event that inhabits a central question: what is belonging? In our time, and in Seattle specifically, this question holds a complicated response that is both intuitive and pragmatic, psychological and highly environmental. Created by Coriolis Dance Co-Artistic Director Christin Call, What is Home takes on the elaborateness of this response by assembling a museum come to life. The evening is a participatory experience that encompasses movement installations, interactive exhibits, dance films, and a layered dance theater performance. Absurdly imaginary, ridiculously ornate, What is Home creates a container for true pathos towards the vital human experience of feeling at home.
Credit for all graphics: Photo by Bret Doss, Design by Christin Call.
Excerpts from Dylan Austin’s interview with Christin Call for CapitolHillSeattle.com >
On the impact of economic booms and busts on minority communities: “… people of color and black communities especially are really hit by it, from the research that I have done. The development happens there first, and people get displaced, and so there is a huge effort for those stories to be told, but it’s sad that there is a reason for those stories to be told before they’re gone. …it’s strange because on the one hand, you feel like there’s a lot of money in this city right now – but are the arts being elevated along with the economy? No.”
On audiences relating to the themes of minority and artist displacement: “…[the show] takes an emotional attachment to experience. It’s quite dramatic. It’s where that absurdity comes in, it’s sort of ridiculous how histrionic the world can be, but there’s also that little sliver of how our experience really is that severe, that dramatic. The stakes are quite high.”
Read Rich Smith’s interview with Call for The Stranger >
“Listening to Call tease out the meaning of (the title) filled me with wonder and revealed the connections she sees between personal and political constructions of “home.”“