sonder (n.) the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries, and inherent craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
Seraka Dance Company is producing a new show, “Sonder”, and looking for dancers to be part of the growing cast. The works will be reflective of human connection, chance interactions, and interdependence.
The show will be a mixture of submitted solos, duets, and group pieces from any dancer in the community, with 4 new dances that are open for anyone to learn and perform in the show as part of a community cast. Dancers can chose their level of participation.
Much like our annual production of Synthesis, this new show aims to be filled with submissions from dancers who wish to challenge themselves with a new piece, designed for this years theme.
Sonder strives to provide a supportive atmosphere for dancers to stretch their wings creatively and try something new. Troupe dancers can perform a solo, or may choose a partner with dancers from another company, etc. We aim for collaboration and camaraderie within the belly dance community, and to continue to share this beautiful art with our audiences.
As a new variation, Sonder welcomes not only solos and duets, but also group pieces of all sizes. It welcomes pieces that are not strictly belly dance, and pieces of other styles of performance and dance that embody the theme in some way are welcomed.
To borrow from our previous productions or Aqueous and Unknown, this show will include 4 pieces that will be choreographed and directed by members of Seraka Dance Company, and will be open for any dancer in the community to learn and perform in SONDER.
Dancers should be comfortable working collaboratively with other dancers, and be open to direction and feedback for corrections from the director/choreographer. You should be willing to take some creative risks to explore new movements. While the dances will be taught in studio, in a classroom setting, you should have some belly dance experience as these pieces would not be suitable to new beginners. You will need to provide your own basic costume pieces and jewelry.