Past Performance Projects
Beacon Dance has been creating and producing full length performance pieces since 1997. All projects are conceptual works which can be re-created with a new cast and in a new community.
Decades (premier 2019)
Decades draws inspiration from numerous resources, including the various musical periods from the late 1910’s through 2019, fashion trends over the 100 years from 1919 through 2019, and dance/movement styles and trends throughout the 10 decades.
Resilient Circles (in opposite directions) (premier 2013)
This community arts project incorporating visual and performing art forms, which seeks to raise awareness around the many ways that women continue to be marginalized in cultures around the world. We wish to celebrate the female, the feminine, and the
feminist. The principal collaborators, D. Patton White (dance/movement), Martha Whittington (visual art/sculpture) and Phyllis Free (sound/music) have drawn inspiration
from tribal sociology, feminist philosophy and from traditional cultural practices and architecture forms, such as backstrap loom weaving, and hut-shelter forms. Whittington
has created this body of sculptural pieces that performers will interact with. The performance element stems from personal story telling and each participant’s experience with the central theme of resilience, and the transformation from adversity
The Paper Project (premier 2015)
The Paper Project is an experimental installation and performance work bringing together multiple art forms to address the core theme of identity. Drawing inspiration from the tactile properties of paper, the sounds of paper and the paper making process, the artists will engage the public through this interactive opportunity. Audiences will participate in a variety of ways in the performance, and will contribute to the performance sound score as well as the thematic content of the movement vocabulary. The cast includes a diverse range of abilities, including wheelchair users and elder dancers.
At Once Now and Then (premier 2010)
This evening-length project investigates the realm of mental health and one’s connection with the outside world.
A Bountiful Feast (premier 2010)
This multi-faceted project addressed the many ways in which food is present in contemporary American culture—as sustenance, as ritual, as celebratory congregation.
The Marriage Project (premier 2009)
This community project addressed the real stories behind the ‘political football’ that has become the current debate around marriage in contemporary American society, and who has access to it, and who does not.
1906/2006/2106 (premier 2006)
A year-long examination of oppression in its many forms, using the 1906 Atlanta race riot as a catalyst for social change.
The Mapping Project (premier 2004)
This durational project has taken multiple forms, from the sharing of personal stories around place, to a year-long investigation of parks and nature centers around Dekalb County, Georgia.
The Elemental Project (premier 1998)
This durational project addresses the four elements, allowing them to metaphorically represent the various stages of life: Water and the inceptions of life, Earth and the duration of the average life expectancy, Fire and the transition implied with death, and Air, the unknown hereafter. This can be structured as a multi-year project, or as a year-long project, or as an evening-length project.
Tango Argentine (premier 1997)
In this evening-length interactive performance, a cast of dancer draws inspiration from Argentine Tango as well as contemporary dance forms, creating an environment where audience and performer co-mingle on the dance floor. Intended to be presented in alternative locations.
Sense & Sensuality (premier 1997)
This evening-length work draws inspiration from the five senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch, and is intended for alternative spaces.