“At times the whole ensemble moved together, at other times each dancer was seeking out his or her own interpretation of the events.”
The Backstage Beat Atlanta
Bitter Melon examines parallels of cultural histories and tragedies of African Americans with that of the native people of the Philippines. By examining the deficiency of humanitarian aid in response to flood disaster and congressional legalization of water torture, the work builds a linkage to African American and Filipino American histories in relationship to water- a source of natural disaster, of suffering, and of rebirth.
CONCEPT AND CHOREOGRAPHY
Tori Quinn & Gimen
Bitter Melon was made possible in part by San Francisco Arts Commission, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Union Square Live, and individual donors.