Everett Company continues engaging the community with the goal of a better world, creating Trauma into Art (working title), a dance theater piece inspired by work we are doing with police and youth in our hometown of Providence, RI. Currently we are using dance and theater in schools to help youth mitigate the effects of trauma in their lives. The Company is also developing a theater based de-escalation training program in collaboration with Providence police officers and youth of color who have had run-ins with the law. The police in the program are diverse, grew up in the city, and share similar backgrounds to the youth they are policing. Both police and youth have shared stories with us that are wrenching, sad, hopeful, and surprising. Both groups have experienced trauma and both suffer from negative stereotypes.
Embodying these stories through dance and theater will offer audiences a human view into a highly conflicted space. The power of these exchanges has motivated us to create Trauma into Art. Trauma into Art will go beyond stereotypes to communicate the complex realities of an embattled community. Everett’s new work is a finalist for a grant from NEFA’s (New England Foundation for the Arts) National Dance Project. We have received NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) funding for $10,000 and MAP Fund (multi-arts production fund) for $38,346.
Also, Everett’s Freedom Project – a multimedia physical theater piece that interweaves gripping personal stories, evocative imagery, and athletic choreography in an examination of mass incarceration in America – has continued to tour and attract future partners. Vermont Performance Lab will be presenting Freedom Project on September 15 & 16 at 7pm, at the New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro, VT. Earlier this year, Everett Company members spent a week at Vermont Performance Lab creating new work and presenting a Freedom Café. While we were in Vermont there was a blizzard and we had an amazing time shooting video in the snow. Everett Company always uses video projection in our work and we look forward to incorporating what we shot in Vermont. Check out some preview footage below!