original music composed by DANIEL MANCINI
lighting design by SARAH TUNDERMANN
Heart Stück Bernie presents
Skirting the Wall
The Kennedy Center – Millenium Stage North
choreographed by Sarah Beth Oppenheim
Premiered September 29th, 2016 at The Kennedy Center
Skirt the Wall was commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the 2016 Local Dance Commissioning Project.
Drawing inspiration from significant events in JFK’s presidency including the Commission on the Status of Women, Civil Rights Legislation and the tumultuous social and congressional climate, the excitement and science of the race to the moon, and JFK’s July 1963 request to Congress to abolish the quota system of immigration, this 50-minute site-specific work created for the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage is accompanied by original music and sound score from local musicians Andrew C. Oppenheim, Daniel Mancini, and Oliver Mertz. With their signature quirky-luscious dance, intimate audience performance art, and dynamic blend of highbrow and lowbrow zeitgeist ingredients, Heart Stück Bernie invites audience members to wield powerful choice, embody creative problem solving, and experience the viscera of political movement; not unlike the ’60s and President John F. Kennedy’s great call to action when he asked the American people what they could do for their country.