Chia-Ying Kao's "Where Your Voices Are" at Triskelion Arts. Photo by Stephen Delas Heras.
It can feel like an us against them world out there. Them can be anybody who’s different than us: men, women, black people, white people, Asian people, gay people, straight people, and the list goes on. As the world shrinks and more people compete for resources, clashes between cultures become commonplace. These interactions between disparate individuals are at the root of Chia-Ying Kao’s “Where Your Voices Are,” which received its premiere at Triskelion Arts’ Aldous Theater.
Dancer Beau Dobson drives this point home with an opening monologue as, upstage, three gray-clad women tangle themselves into knots of sculptural beauty. He invites us to share stories about a time when someone different from us encroached upon our life, upsetting our homeostasis. Dobson concludes by asking us to consider who has the power: the one yelling or the one taking the heat?
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