Post:Ballet’s latest creative endeavor, Lavender Country, premieres on November 17 and 18, 2017 at San Francisco’s Z Space Theater, with live music by Patrick Haggerty (singer/songwriter of Lavender Country) and his exceptional ensemble of Bay Area musicians.
“Led by Post:Ballet’s Artistic Director Robert Dekkers and Resident Choreographer Vanessa Thiessen, this new work for six dancers is set to and inspired by the music of Lavender Country, Post’s new work reflects on Haggerty’s radically defiant music as Dekkers (director) and Thiessen (choreographer) use ballet’s inherently traditional gender roles as a dramatic tension against queer characters and narratives. Haggerty’s music uses “Lavender Country” as a metaphorical landscape, a safe place that people can come to be their true selves. This is not just a queer vision, but rather an American one, as the idea of searching for a land where one can belong is a deep-rooted archetype in American culture. The work focuses on human stories, heightened by characters who love, search, and bleed in ways that are painfully visible specifically because of their unchosen differentness. Like Haggerty, Post hopes audience members, regardless of orientation, will connect with Lavender Country as vulnerable, sexual, and innately human beings.
The dance performance will be followed by a live concert with Haggerty and the Lavender Country ensemble. Audience members are invited to participate in the event’s costume theme, “Dress West to Impress!” In support of our LGBTQ community, 5% of all tickets sales will be donated to the SF LGBTQ Community Center.
When: Friday November 17th and Saturday, November 18th @ 8pm
Where: Z Space (450 Florida Street, San Francisco)
Lavender Country, is so thrilled to able to join them for the premiere of our new work set to his music! Post Ballet has been working on this project for some time and believes, as we do, that our music “still speaks volumes today”. More than many of our projects, this one is labor and cost-intensive so if you can help PB put on this exciting production, please feel free to donate today at: http://www.postballet.org/support-lavender-pb/
Post:Ballet dance artists Allie Papazian and Keon Saghari, photography by Natalia Perez, costume design by Christian Squires
Also check out the youtube interview with PB’s Executive Director, Robert Dekkers at https://www.facebook.com/post/ or https://youtu.be/P6Nd6QELXec
Thanks to Post-Ballet for this incredible collaboration.