Inspired by the software - "Security Orchestration Automation and Responses" which can be used to gather information about security threats, S.O.A.R. - Strategic Operations And Readiness was born. In both the digital programme and the non-academic dance community, a response to, for example, a threat or social change is based on shared processes and steps that repressed bodies take on and carry forward within themselves. These unfold in a collective experience. Resistance is overcome, sometimes endured, while sensibilities are explored together and spaces redefined. Each dance style that appears in Happening S.O.A.R. emerges from historical African-American communities that escaped violence and strengthened their personal histories through dance. In addition to our movement repertoire from freestyle culture, we developed the first gestures that came from the everyday life of our own emigrated families. The voice accompanied the choreographic process as an independent space opener for our physical ways. In the process, a first 20min version was created for K21 as part of "strike a pose" ––– Festival 2023.
Creative Direction: Daria Nazarenko
Beckley Adeoye Daria Nazarenko David Mayinga Enting Zhang