Thresholds Crossed – Gulag / Art Angar (Film 3:51)

Original Performance on February 10, 2013

2004 – Political dance film,  shot first half of Part II of Thresholds Crossed duet of Maida Withers and Anthony Gongora.  Shot in unique Soviet Era architectural structure, Solovky Island Russia on the White Sea. The unique building was the hangar for a dirigible (airship) that delivered supplies to the GULAG.
Solovki Island and the GULAG are known to us through the writings of Alexander Solzhenitsyn. This building temporarily housed the Art Angar Center for Contemporary Arts that sponsored our dance residency on the island.  The choreograph, Part II of Threshold Crossed evening-length work,  is based on photographs of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where political prisoners/detainees have been terrorized through various tactics (water boarding, exposure / nakedness). Russia had their GULAG and America has our Guantenamo Bay.

Film selected for showing: Festival De Video Danse De Bourgogne, Burgundy France (April, 2011). Istanbul 2010 International Dance Festival, Istanbul, Turkey; 2010 FinnUS American/Finnish Films, Embassy of Finland, Washington, DC; Artisphere DANCE:FILMS, October 21, 2011; DanzLenz at the Habitat Center, New Delhi, India, February 2012, others.
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Artists and Collaborators
Music (Vocals / Cello)
Producer, Curator of Residency in Solovki Island
Other Performances
  • Danzlenz, Habitat Center, New Delhi, India(map) on February 22, 2012
  • Festival De Video Danse De Bourgogne, Burgundy, France(map) on April 1, 2011
  • 201 International Dance Festival Istanbul, Turkey(map) on January 1, 2010
  • 2010 Finn/US American/Finnish Films, Embassy of Finland(map) on January 1, 2011
  • Festival De Video Danse De Bourgogne, Burgundy, France(map) on April 1, 2011