SPRAWL part 1 was the first installation of a series that examines the un-sustainability of suburbanization, it’s cultural implications, and the gradual collapse of the utopian illusion that was pre-recession suburban life.  This portion of the work explores the “white flight” – the large-scale migration of whites of European descent from culturally mixed urban areas to American suburbs in the mid-twentieth century, as well as their return to the cities which in turn displaces low-income families.  In this short process, the cast focused much of their attention on the ideas of displacement, creating boundaries, and on developing a large, sprawling movement vocabulary that evokes a sense of exhausting resources.  This piece was commissioned for the first Fresh Dances festival at Link’s Hall.

Choreography: MaryAnn McGovern
Lighting Design: Samantha Spriggs
Cast: Carly Czach, Sally Lepper, MaryAnn McGovern, Gretchen Soechting, Jessica Svaicer-Beirich
Photo: Matthew Hollis