Colleen Thomas _ but the sun came up and we were here

direction: Colleen Thomas
choreography: Colleen Thomas with performers
performers: Samantha Allen, Oluwadamilare (Dare) Ayorinde, Daniil Bielkin, Mikołaj Karczewski, Krystian Lyson, Evgenia (Jenya) Romanovich, Krystyna Lama Szydłowska, Monika Witkowska, Darrin Wright
music: Robert Boston
lighting: Rebecca Makus
costumes: Rachel Jones Bellas
local partners: Adam Mickiewicz Intitute, 22nd of International Dance Theatres Festival, Centre for Culture in Lublin
USA partners: Trust for Mutual Understanding, Bernard College
duration: 55 min

We feel like strangers in a strange world, but the sun came up and we were here. In her newest international work, choreographer Colleen Thomas delves into the embodied experience of self, perception and connection in a climate of heightened political and social unrest. With its international cast – including dancers from Poland, Ukraine, Belarus and the U.S. – but the sun came up and we were here asks if the expression of our individual essence, intuition and power can be the antidote to division in a fractured world.

In this new, full evening-length work, the performers’ individual architecture and history collide with Thomas’ questions about the perception of self and human connection. What are the limits – or possibilities – of a sense of belonging amid rising fear and tension in an unsteady world?