Political Imprisionment

8 minute dance/theatre live performance

Political Imprisonment explores a character who is dealing with external and internal pressures to choose sides, join the "war", and fight against the "other". Through Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" speech the character struggles to make a decision and pleas for us to see a new way. After the solo, the piece transitions into a slow-motion food fight in which the political figureheads who have been present upstage now engage in battle. As the solo character watches, and a live cellist plays, a moment comes when the figurehead's perceptions shift, and the once serious food fight now becomes a playful tussle between two friends or siblings. Leading into a final deconstruction of the set, the cellist and figureheads walk off stage leaving only the original character who remains on stage eating the leftover food and gently humming smile by Nat King Cole. A cathartic release and poetic interpretation, Political Imprisonment confronts our perceived divisions and seeks to remind us of our shared humanity.  

This piece, in my opinion, directly addresses the root of our inability to make political progress. In a time in which our media is focused on grouping our systems of behavior and language to further divide our political identities, we must have conversations with people that are different than us and in the face of challenge smile at our disagreements. This piece moves us towards a lightness of being that can free us from our political prisons and take us into a much more expansive state of being.


Producer: The Cyborg Project

Choreography: Nathan Hirschaut
Performer: Nathan Hirschaut
Performer: Danielle Lee Hogervorst
Performer: Katerina Belmatch
Cello: Izzy Lion
Speech: Charlie Chaplin
Film: Treyden Chiaravalloti
Host: The 418 Project

Photography: Kyle Adler