a h a n d f u l o f
m e m o r i e s
Concept and choreography: Angela Fegers
Creation and performance: Sarah
Bleasdale, Katrina Bastian, Elena Francalanci, Taylor LaBabera, Daniela Marcozzi, Sherise Strang, Yuri Shimoaka
Premiere on the 22nd of February 2017 at Lake Studios Berlin | Berlin, Germany
Eight memories pulled from eight different performers and transformed for the stage. 'A handful of memories,” explores how memories can be altered and are not accurately stored or recalled in our minds. It is also noted that the memories we frequent most often, are those that are most likely to be inaccurately stored. We vary our memories and select the ones we choose to hold onto, while making our future decisions based on these wrongly stored vignettes in our brains. Our brains work as computers and operating systems, deciding what is best for us to hold onto and let go of.
A handful of Memories is also inspired by daydreaming, and the impact daydreaming can have on our future choices in life. We can completely contrive something so much more elaborate than actual occasions, in our daydreams.
“If you wake up in a different place, at a different time, can you be a different person to?” - Fight Club
I started investigating daydreaming in 2015 while living in New York City. Daydreaming on the subway has always been a favorite past time for me, and then I realized daydreamers can have a lot of positive impact on our cultural environment, this exploration came first to realization through, “a series of daydreams,” and carried into the work, “a handful of memories.”
“It was on the train, with its steely rhythms, its rattle-ty bang, that is so often so stimulating to a composer- I frequently hear music in the very heart of the noise... and there i suddenly heard, and even saw on paper- the complete construction of the Rhapsody, from beginning to end. No new themes came to me, but I worked on the thematic material already in my mind and tried to conceive the composition as a whole. I heard it as a sort of musical kaleidoscope of America, of our vast melting pot, of our unduplicated national pep, of our blues, our metropolitan madness. By the time I reached Boston I had a definite plot of the piece, as distinguished from its actual substance.” - George Gerswhin