The Actual Dance is a play. It is a dramatic presentation about the husband’s journey as his wife is expected to lose the battle. So far I’ve used the show and story to raise awareness of the unique view point of what I call the love-partner.
The mission of The Actual Dance the production is to reach “everyone who needs to see the show.” Who are they? Anyone who faces the loss of the loved one and whose heart is about to break in a way that seems to them to be unbearable.
One way to achieve this goal is to adapt the show itself to broaden the appeal through different acting, directing and appeal. We did that this past year with investing in the The Actual Dance with Chuk Obasi version of this show.
Day 30: The Actual Dance with Chuk Obasi, directed and Choreographed by Kimani Fowlin.
We are delighted that Chuk as continued to perform this show. The result is rather than an autobiographical presentation, it is a play by an actor portraying the story and the characters in the script.
We have also adapted the script. Even though the story told is universal, it has been told from the perspective of a Jewish man. We made the editorial judgement to adapt the script to tell it as if the character were from a Christian faith. It is not only Chuk’s faith, it is a method to offer audiences to feel more authentically the journey.
We have always imagined the story as itself “a dance.” And Chuk’s performance brings more movement into the performance with amazing choreography of Kimani Fowlin.
I am often asked what it is like for me to see another person portraying the character “Sam Simon” going through the emotional and life altering story of almost losing Susan. The answer is that it has been liberating in some ways. The “Aha” moment I that when I perform I am bound by own experience. The beauty of Chuk and Kimani’s work is that were free to give unbounded meaning and structure to the story based on the words of the story. Their work is not better than mine. Rather it is different.
Audiences I am sure find their own meaning in each show. It is my hope that many of those who read this blog will be able to see both shows.
Stat of the Day: The journey through loss of a loved one – the “love-partner” – is becoming more and more common as the Baby Boomer Generation ages. A baby boomer dies every 20 seconds in America. You can see it here.
Task of the Day: Like The Actual Dance on Facebook here. And The Actual Dance with Chuk Obasi here.
Resource of the Day: Please take a minute and enjoy a preview of Chuk’s performance here
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