Opens Apr 24, 2018
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Made to Dance in Burning Buildings is 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..., the play seeks to revolutionize the theatrical experience by combining poetry, and gut-wrenching contemporary dance to tell an all-too-familiar story in a brand-new way.