Measuring the Dream, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016
5:00pm-7:00pm Calit2 Theater/Vroom

Measuring the Dream is a multimedia dance collaboration that draws on “The Dream”, by Sor Juana Inez De La Cruz. The collaborative team includes Yolande Snaith, Victoria Petrovich, Ryan Welsh, Jose Lopez, Erin Tracy, Aurora Lagattuta, Heather Glabe, Veronica Santiago Moniello and Anne Gehman. This project has embraced a creative process of cross pollination of artistic ideas and practices, blurring the distinctions between the artists respective disciplines and conventional roles. The choreographic process has been a collective endeavor, bringing together several scores created by Yolande Snaith and the dancers in response to the text of “The Dream” and research into the life of Sor Juana Innes de la Cruz. This work does not attempt to convey a linear narrative, but aims to bring the space to life through a collective response to “The Dream” and evoke an essence of Sor Juana’s thoughts and vision.

“The production of Measuring the Dream is based on text, choreography, music and the visual world from the tragic life of Sor Juana Inez De La Cruz and her written works, in particular The Dream. “The poetic landscape of images, emotions and the feminine philosophy that her work expresses provide a rich, universal and timeless theme for this multimedia production,” says production designer Petrovich who has previously been involved in Qualcomm Institute performances (including Prof. Mark Dresser’s Telematic concers, Crossing Boundaries with Shahrokh Yadegari, and the opera workshop for Lilith with Anthony Davis and Allan Havis, which was part of the IDEAS series). “This remarkable young Mexican woman of the 17th century lived her entire life in the closed, authoritarian society that was the colonial empire of New Spain, and displayed an extraordinary independence of spirit for a woman living in such a male-dominated society. The Mexican Church effectively silenced Sor Juana because of the provocative and controversial nature of her writing. Clearly a feminist ahead of her time, her philosophical, theological and creative writings were rediscovered by women scholars at the beginning of the 20th century. Sor Juana is now recognized as a true genius, a visionary, and a feminist symbol. Her sonnets have been hailed alongside such masters as Shakespeare, Quevedo and Donne.”” – Yolande Snaith