It’s Philly Fringe season! Help me bring my solo “Onion Dances” to the big stage.
“Onion Dances” is uncooked, eager, inquisitive. It’s about unveiling layers, digging deeper, and finding visceral, full-bodied movement and full-bodied feelings.
In this evening-length autobiographical solo I explore the idea of an inherited past as I attempt to dissect my past, present, and wavering future. As a Jew distinctly removed from the Holocaust but feeling a certain inherited trauma as a Jewish American, I am drawn to the idea of never understanding but wanting to understand. I am creating an oral history as an ongoing component of "Onion Dances" because my family has few written records of our ancestry. Through movement and text, I explore my Jewish American roots, as a descendent of Jews that came to the United States around the time of the Civil War. They were humanitarians, artists, peace activists, social workers, postal workers, clothing makers, liquour store owners, dentists, writers for Variety magazine, and much much more. Through “Onion Dances” I uncover their voices, as well as my own.
“Onion Dances” first premiered at SoLowFest 2016, and is currently being expanded for the Philly Fringe. This great opportunity comes at a cost. Your contribution will go directly to space rentals, insurance, and production costs. In addition, it will help pay for costumes, props, publicity, transportation, and so much more.
Please consider donating to support “Onion Dances.” I can’t thank you enough. Every bit counts. Come and venture into unknowing, into a world where onions and memories are fodder for conversation, for song, for dance. Thanks again for your support.
For more information and for updates on the process, visit: http://taliamason.com/choreography