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Stonecutter (1993)

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Choreography: Dawn Kramer Performers: Bart Uchida, Carlo Rizzo, Jamie Huggins, Olivier Besson
Music: Commissioned score by Yuval Ron
Sets: Bart Uchida

The Massachusetts Cultural Council gave a grant to Israeli composer Yuval Ron, and myself for "Myth, Sound, and Motion." We worked with third-graders in the Jackson-Mann School, an urban public school. Half were in a bilingual Vietnamese class; half were English speaking, mostly African American students. Using the Vietnamese myth of The Stonecutter, the students responded to motifs in the story through musical, movement, and visual art media. After many workshops and videotaping, we used the children's source material to develop our own musical composition and choreography which was then performed by the professional dancers in Boston Dance Collective..