Concluding their week-long residency, Summation Dance performs their work-in-progress in the intimate setting of the open studio at The Launchpad.
Sumi Clements and Taryn Vander Hoop of Summation Dance Company launched their most recent choreographic venture, Project Highway Habitus, in fall of 2017. This multi-phased and multi-faceted project began with a cross-country exploration aimed at researching how geography shapes ideology—both political and cultural. The research is being conducted through the lens of habitus—a sociological system aimed at understanding why individuals perceive the world as they do, and how this, in turn, informs their behaviors and participation within society. It was loosely inspired by, and developed in tandem with, the election cycle, and investigates not only what divides the country, but also what unites it.
Their goal is to observe the varying populations of the country through an open and unbiased lens, chronicling real people in real environments. They’ve danced at community centers in Kentucky, met some unforgettable characters in New Orleans, been to the border of Mexico, attended rallies in North Carolina, and much more. Project HIghway HabitUS will culminate in a multi-media evening-length production, in which they hope to take the audience on a journey through America, introducing them to the vibrant characters, diverse landscapes and poignant moments that have left an indelible mark. They hope that Project Highway HabitUS inspires more people to make connections with those on the other side of the invisible lines we draw around ourselves and our beliefs.
This residency will serve as an incubator during this pivotal time in their process in which they are translating their research onto the stage.