HeLa (2013)

Hela (2013)

Hela Part I: Critical Resolve- is a creative response to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  In this section the dance draws on the tensions and relationships that the descendents of Henrietta Lacks face as they are trying to figure out the details of her legacy.  Relationships with others and with oneself are explored as the dancers work out issues with trust, hatred, and violence to a score by Steve Reich. 

Hela Part II: Hela- is a creative piece responding to reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. The dance work draws on tensions in the story that oppose scientific facts against the more human concerns that exist in the life of an individual.  The movement of the dancers relates to the notion of the living person at the core of this story of scientific inquiry. Disruptions representing scientific methods are imposed onto the natural fluidity of body movement to suggest ethical questions about the responsibilities of a society making moral decisions that balance the “greater good” with what might be good for an individual and her family.

Photo Credit: ASC Dance

Below is a video of the full work

Below is an excerpt that shows Hela Part I: Critical Resolve