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Made to Dance in Burning Buildings by Anya Pearson


Made to Dance in Burning Buildings by Anya Pearson is a fusion of poetry, theatre, and violent and visceral contemporary dance, which poses the question: how do we heal from trauma?

It's about Ava, a young black woman, who is raped by her boyfriend's friends while he watches; she develops PTSD as a result. Metaphorically, she fractures into five different women who each represent a different facet of her personality (Romance, Despair, Madness, Perseverance, and Missing You). Poetically, these women narrate her journey through PTSD while she, her first love, and her abusers explore through dance the trauma and the events leading up to it. 

Based on a true story, and inspired by the original choreopoem, Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls, this play seeks to revolutionize the theatrical experience by combining poetry and breath-taking and gut wrenching contemporary dance to tell an all too familiar story in a brand new way.  

For the play, Anya is the inaugural winner of the $10,000 Voice is a Muscle Grant from the Corporeal Voices Foundation which is run by best-selling author Lidia Yuknavitch. The grant recognizes a writer of color from Oregon who demonstrates exemplary merit and a passion for social justice.  

This showcase production is directed by Jamie M. Rea and choreographed by Emily Bufferd. Anya Pearson will play the character Lady of Utmost Perseverance. 

“Who needs to watch ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ when you have Emily Bufferd’s innovative choreography?” - Examiner.com

The play will be performed at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater on April 24, 2018 at 7pm. Tickets are $20. Purchase tickets here. 

Produced by Urban Haiku in Association with Experimental Bitch Presents. Special thanks to community partners Blue Panther Productions and Shades of Truth.

 About Urban Haiku  Urban Haiku is a  Production Company  located in Portland, Oregon that produces theatre, film, and interdisciplinary works that bridge the gap between innovative live performance, multi-media, and social justice in action. The company is dedicated to producing groundbreaking work that transcends the traditional boundaries of theatre while also serving as the catalyst for art and community action to combine for social change.  www.urbanhaikuproductions.com   Twitter:  www.twitter.com/MadeToDancePlay   Facebook:  www.facebook.com/madetodanceinburningbuildings   Instagram:  www.instagram.com/iamanyapearson   BIOGRAPHY  Anya Pearson is an accomplished actress, playwright, poet, producer, and activist. She is the current playwright-in-residence for Shaking the Tree Theatre and is the author of the choreopoem, Made to Dance in Burning Buildings which will receive its World Premiere at Shaking the Tree in October 2018. In addition, she is also producing a documentary, which follows the development of the play, her passionate quest to empower other survivors, and dissects rape culture as a whole. Anya is also working on her first collection of poetry and was just featured as a panelist at one of the talkbacks for  Eve Ensler 's new play, In the Body of the World, at Manhattan Theatre Club. As an actor, she can next be seen as Seneca in  Jaclyn Backhaus ' Men on Boats for Third Rail Repertory Theatre. An excerpt from her next piece, a fusion of poetry, narrative, dance, visual art, and film about sexual harassment, will debut at SALT at Shaking the Tree in May. Anya is a graduate of the prestigious two-year program at the William Esper Studio in New York City where she studied acting with Terry Knickerbocker. She is also a graduate of the writing program at Marylhurst University. Her best production is truly her 5 ½-year-old daughter, Aidan.  www.anyapearson.com

About Urban Haiku

Urban Haiku is a Production Company located in Portland, Oregon that produces theatre, film, and interdisciplinary works that bridge the gap between innovative live performance, multi-media, and social justice in action. The company is dedicated to producing groundbreaking work that transcends the traditional boundaries of theatre while also serving as the catalyst for art and community action to combine for social change. www.urbanhaikuproductions.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/MadeToDancePlay

Facebook: www.facebook.com/madetodanceinburningbuildings

Instagram: www.instagram.com/iamanyapearson

BIOGRAPHY

Anya Pearson is an accomplished actress, playwright, poet, producer, and activist. She is the current playwright-in-residence for Shaking the Tree Theatre and is the author of the choreopoem, Made to Dance in Burning Buildings which will receive its World Premiere at Shaking the Tree in October 2018. In addition, she is also producing a documentary, which follows the development of the play, her passionate quest to empower other survivors, and dissects rape culture as a whole. Anya is also working on her first collection of poetry and was just featured as a panelist at one of the talkbacks for Eve Ensler's new play, In the Body of the World, at Manhattan Theatre Club. As an actor, she can next be seen as Seneca in Jaclyn Backhaus' Men on Boats for Third Rail Repertory Theatre. An excerpt from her next piece, a fusion of poetry, narrative, dance, visual art, and film about sexual harassment, will debut at SALT at Shaking the Tree in May. Anya is a graduate of the prestigious two-year program at the William Esper Studio in New York City where she studied acting with Terry Knickerbocker. She is also a graduate of the writing program at Marylhurst University. Her best production is truly her 5 ½-year-old daughter, Aidan. www.anyapearson.com

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