Made to Dance in Burning Buildings

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Tue, 02/19/2019 - 11:00am to 11:30am
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Made to Dance in Burning
Made to Dance in Burning
A new original work by Anya Pearson produced by Shaking The Tree Theatre


Dmae presents an interview by Susannah Mars of Adventures in Artslandia. She talked with writer and actor Anya Pearson and director Jamie M. Rea about ​Made to Dance in Burning Buildings at Shaking The Tree Theatre Pearson created and performs in this fusion of poetry, theatre, and violent and visceral contemporary dance that poses the question: how do we heal from trauma?

(Aired 11am Tues on 2/19/19 on KBOO 90.7 FM)

Shaking The Tree Theatre presents...

Made to Dance in Burning Buildings 
A By Anya Pearson

Directed by Jamie M. Rea
​Choreographed by Jeff George

The show runs through March 16th 2019

Thursday - Saturday Evenings at 7:30 and Sundays at 2pm

Shaking the Tree is located at 823 SE Grant St, Portland OR 97214. For tickets and more info visit:

​*All Sunday matinees are free to all low-income: patrons, communities of color, and survivors of sexual violence. You can reserve free Sunday matinee tix online through the "Book Tickets" link, or by calling the Box Office at 503.235.0635.

Each Sunday show will be followed by a talk-back.
The Story:  Ava, a young black woman is raped by her boyfriend's friends while he watches; she develops PTSD as a result. Metaphorically, she fractures into five different women who each represent a different facet of her personality (Romance, Despair, Madness, Perseverance, and Missing You). Poetically, these women narrate her journey through PTSD while she, her first love, and her abusers, explore through dance the trauma and the events leading up to it. 

Based on a true story, and inspired by the original choreopoem, Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls, this play seeks to revolutionize the theatrical experience by combining poetry and breathtaking and gut-wrenching contemporary dance to tell an all too familiar story in a brand new way.  The show running time is 90 minutes. 




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