Good Grief is born from Everett’s work with groups of middle schoolers and police officers – both suffering from trauma. Working with their stories, Everett explores how emotions live in the body and how we access them for healing. Humor is often an invaluable lifeline. Good Grief interweaves social justice, the science behind emotions, and human disconnectedness in multimedia dance theater that brings the hidden to light.
Everett dancers are from the same neighborhoods and share similar experiences to those depicted in the stories we are collecting. This is a process of a community embodying its stories of trauma to foster healing and transformation. The intent is to create art that is universal in its depiction of the human condition by being responsive to our own specific reality.
Good Grief continues Everett’s work, begun four years ago with Freedom Project, examining the root causes of mass incarceration. Our community’s desire to utilize its stories to challenge the status quo and redress injustice continue to propel the Company’s work on this new project.
Good Grief will premier in summer 2018 and be available for touring fall of 2018. It will tour with a powerful menu of community engagement opportunities from workshops for youth suffering from trauma to trainings for artists, clinicians, and educators.