Following a successful 2017 season, the Pilot Dance Project begins its 2018 calendar year with the Houston premier of Jaime Frugé-Walne’s TWENTY-FIVE: An interactive dance theater experience. TWENTY-FIVE is inspired by personal accounts of the effects of mass incarceration in the American prison system. Through a curated world of family dinners, confined spaces, and imaginary Plexiglas partitions, TWENTY-FIVE engages audience members in a unique and individualized journey to explore the things left undone and unsaid as life is uprooted by a set of unexpected circumstances.
As part of the experience, each audience member is paired with a performer who acts as a guide through TWENTY-FIVE’s curated environments. Performers engage and interact with the audience through movement and dialogue where each participant is encouraged to respond to the various situations. Through the experience, the audience members and performers investigate the loneliness, loss of identity, and vacancy experienced by both the inmates and families in hopes of sparking a conversation about “the new American normal” of mass incarceration and the detrimental and cyclical nature of a broken criminal justice system.
“I am thrilled that the Pilot Dance Project is tackling such a serious issue with this production,” says Executive/Artistic Director Adam Castaneda. “It’s not every day that Modern dancers get the opportunity to explore their craft through such compelling and resonant material. This is a work that audiences will be appreciate for its universal themes and poignant stories.”
The Pilot Dance Project Company:
Adam Castaneda, Dorianne Castillo-Rivera, Lindsey Cortner, Jade Devault, Ayan Felix, Elaine F.K. Fields, Kayla Hyde, Eva Jin, and Cloe Leppard.
Guests of the Pilot Dance Project:
Angie Garcia, Cynthia Garcia, Andrew Junek, Abby McBroom, Joel Judo Rivera, Ke'Ron Wilson, and Jaime Fruge-Walne. [Organizer's description]