Home can be an elusive place. It can be a place of origin or an unknown destination.
As the current international refugee situation unfolds, for those caught between worlds, it is the latter.
It is this crisis that served as the inspiration for Bruce Wood Dance Project’s world premiere, Chasing Home.
While two of the works on BWDP’s June program, Journeys, will be Dallas premieres of work choreographed
by the late founder, Bruce Wood, Chasing Home is the work of choreographer Albert Drake III.
A founding member of BWDP, Drake collaborated with Joseph Thalken to create this story of migration.
Thalken is an acclaimed composer whose concert, theatrical, and choral works have been performed internationally. Conversely, Drake is a 26-year-old promising choreographer.
This 25-minute piece is the second major work he has created for BWDP.
He and Thalken have collaborated previously for the past two holiday programs for the company Chasing Home is being funded in part by the TACA Donna Wilhelm New Works Fund.
“TACA loved the idea that a New York composer was collaborating with an emerging choreographer,” explains BWDP President/Producer Gayle Halperin.
An international humanitarian crisis is an unlikely source of inspiration for a dance company.
“We wanted to tackle something that was current and to find something that was being missed.
The idea of presenting a crisis and then trying to find the humanity in it is part of this company’s mission,” says Drake.
Rather than looking at the situation broadly,
Drake wanted to look at the individuals themselves and focus on how they are getting through these trying times.
To prepare for the work, Drake and Thalken met with local representatives of the International Rescue Committee,
where they were able to interview individuals about their experiences.
“We aren’t setting out to make a documentary,” says Thalken, adding “but the information and feedback we received,
in addition to reading many articles and watching everything we could about this subject, has
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