We founded DNAWORKS LLC in 2006 in order catalyze performance and dialogue around issues of identity, culture, and heritage.
Now in our 11th year, we celebrate the complex and intersecting identities of our communities with two interdisciplinary, multi-media projects that reach across the country and across continents. It will be a year of journeys.
At this particular political moment, we choose hope, art, and action over despair.
The first project is a physical journey to reclaim ancestral homes through dance.
The second is an internal journey into understanding of self and belonging.
Both pieces celebrate the uniqueness and beautiful complexity of identity.
HaMapah/The Map on Film
The next innovative phase for our dance-theatre production HaMapah/The Map, which has toured the world for the past six years, is to turn the stage work into a dance-on-film in order to engage more audiences.
This summer, along with filmmaker Laura Bustillos Jàquez with whom we created the dance film The Borders Project,
DNAWORKS will travel to Kraków and Siedlanka, Poland
, and to Harlowton and Lewistown, Montana
. The Borders Project,
We will film in such locations as the former Siedlanka shtetl
, at Kraków’s Old Synagogue, in the still-standing “The Hub” Montana haberdasheries, which Adam’s ancestors owned, and on Lewistown’s and Harlowton’s cobblestone Main Streets. These locations are mentioned in HaMapah/The Map
Upon completion of this dance on film, we will be able to bring HaMapah/The Map to communities that are unable to host the fully staged version and ensure that they can experience DNAWORKS' unique arts and dialogue process
. Included in the digital version will be selections from Community Dialogue stories and interviews with Adam and Daniel.
DNAWORKS has secured two residencies for this project
—the first with Balet Crocowia Danza in Kraków, Poland
, and the second at Lewistown Art Center in Lewistown, Montana
. As part of the residencies, we will be teaching, creating new work with local dancers and artists, and using these organizations as our bases of operations for the filming.
Hollow Roots by Christina Anderson
We are excited to be working on the first production of the DNAWORKS Ensemble – Hollow Roots by Ensemble member and playwright Christina Anderson. Hollow Roots traces the protagonist’s journey of self-discovery as she challenges herself to find a person of color who has a “neutral” identity. Audiences will be surprised by her revelations. The exquisite and transporting text will be accompanied by a video-scape that expresses her internal journey and by live cello music onstage that recalls the sounds of her childhood.
To create Hollow Roots, DNAWORKS will be hosted for residencies at Amphibian Stage in Fort Worth, TX, as well as by Dr. Nicole Hodges Persley at the Department of Theatre, University of Kansas, with music composed by Maritri Garrett (both also Ensemble members). Lighting and video design will be created by Roma Flowers, professor in the School of Contemporary and Classical Dance at Texas Christian University, and the team includes long-time DNAWORKS collaborators, Nicole Gramlich in the lead role and Alexis Miles as Production Stage Manager. DNAWORKS Co-Director, Daniel Banks, will direct. We are currently working on touring the production to Kansas City, Fort Worth, Dallas, Albuquerque, New York City, and Santa Fe.
We are thrilled to welcome back Amanda Cooper to the DNAWORKS team as tour manager. Amanda produced our 2009 Gala in NYC (hosted by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage) and was Daniel’s advisee at the Gallatin School for Individualized Study at NYU. Amanda has since worked for Meredith Monk/The House and HERE, among others, and now runs her own production/management company.
Funds raised here will be used for travel and artist fees.
For this campaign, we decided that we did not want to distinguish how people are listed in the film credits and in the playbill based on the amount given. We know our community does what it can, when it can. So, we ask YOU to elect your own level of giving title.
Please send us an email to email@example.com letting us know how you would like to be acknowledged:
Builders – Doing the heavy lifting for the team!
Motivators – Keeping the creative fires burning!
Organizers – Making sure everyone is fed and happy!
Activists – Sending art out into the world!
Catalyzers – Bringing together the necessary elements!
Healers – Providing time, space, and positive energy for the magic to happen!
We also offer perks, as you will see here, based on donation level. Each one comes from our heart and is filled with love and appreciation.
Thank you for supporting these artistic journeys. We look forward to sharing them with you!
DNAWORKS is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of DNAWORKS must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only. Any contribution above the value of the goods and services received by the donor is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.