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Otherness Stories: We want to hear from you!

May 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

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For the past 3 years, we have been creating a show called Constant State of Otherness. Many plans have had to shift due to COVID-19, and unfortunately, our May debut tour has been postponed. However, our wonderful commissioners and presenting organizations are dedicated to making this show happen at a later date. Stay tuned for updates.

With the world around all of us continuing to shift, normal will eventually become something very different. We have no idea what may happen or when, but we are focusing on what we can do now – staying open, flexible, and adaptable to what may come, and using this time to expand the scope of the project and reflect on what is happening now.

As we navigate our own story through this time, we are fortunate because our art is such a powerful way for us to reflect. And we want to use our creative practice to hear and amplify your stories, too. For the past 3 years, we have been deep in reflecting on the concept of otherness: its impacts, but also its universality. Throughout our creative process, we have heard from many communities and their stories of isolation and displacement that come from a sense of not fitting in. Several words were repeated in our conversations: displacement, loneliness, belonging, home, distancing, isolation. Given what we are all going through during this pandemic, these themes feel so timely and relevant.

What are you experiencing? 
During this time of necessary social distancing, how has otherness impacted you? 
What feelings are you experiencing: loneliness, displacement, isolation, fear, loss of identity 
How are you finding ways to respond or to heal, to be resilient and to connect? 
How do you see individuals, our communities, society, or the earth responding to these? 

We want to hear from you! Share with us how these themes resonate with you through any creative medium: text, poetry, drawings, sound, movement, etc. Please submit your stories via this Google form. We will be accepting stories on a rolling-basis, but you are encouraged to submit by Friday, May 8th for the possibility to be included in Unit Souzou’s May 16th Dance Place Virtual Presentation.