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I Don't Know and Never Will (2018)

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New Work:
Co-presented by Liss Fain Dance and ODC Theater

Premiere: March 1, 2, & 3 at 8pm
ODC Theater, San Francisco

$25 - in advance
$30 - at the door

I Don't Know and Never Will Letter Writing Project:
Liss Fain Dance invites you to be a part of this new work by submitting a letter for possible inclusion in the performance. More information via the button below.

Liss Fain's memories of a friendship from decades ago, frozen in time and kept vivid by letters, makes I Don’t Know and Never Will the most personal work she has made. Written without editing or premeditation, with immediacy and forthrightness, the letters juxtapose descriptions, observations and feelings so acutely that you can see, feel, hear and smell it all when they're read.

I've lost touch with him. I want to know who he is now. I pick up a very old thread and wrote to him, but he hasn't replied.

The smell of damp earth and leaves fills ODC Theater. Tactile and not quite recognizable objects gradually collect in one of the three performance areas. Speaking excerpts of the letters, actor Val Sinckler inhabits the installation alongside the dancers (Sonja Dale, Megan Kurashige, Shannon Kurashige, Sarah Woods-LaDue). Three musicians play a commissioned score by percussionist Jordan Glenn from platforms placed over the theater seats. The world of these letters is made complete by Matthew Antaky’s installation design and Mary Domenico’s costumes.

An installation in the lobby of ODC Theater invites people to write an anonymous letter to the prompt: Write to someone about something you wish you had done and didn’t do. During the piece, Val will read excerpts of these letters and the musicians and dancers will improvise to them.

Choreography & Direction: Liss Fain
Installation Design: Matthew Antaky
Original Score: Jordan Glenn
Costumes: Mary Domenico
Dancers: Sonja Dale, Megan Kurashige, Shannon Kurashige, Sarah Dionne Woods-LaDue
Actor: Val Sinckler
Musicians: Nava Dunkelman, Jordan Glenn, Jacob Felix Heule

Photo: RJ Muna