Midtown is an interruption in time that attempts to create harmony, by recalling and reflecting on the similarities between Sukkah ritual and my own memory, experiences by which I can access them.
Here the Lulav takes shape as ashes that spreads through my torso like a metaphor of impermanence. The yellow fabric represents the Etrog. I sarcastically used to disorient the gaze of the witness.
The percussive movement of the vertebrae is a cyclic exchange of receiving, giving and releasing, allowing the body to become grounded. While Shaking the spine as a transformative routine: appearing, disappearing questions arises.
Am I a foreigner to some rituals?
This video was commissioned by Danielle Durchslag and Ryan Frank -an exploration of Sukkot informed by the 2020 pandemic.
Sukkah In Place includes the work of four remarkable choreographers. Each of them has created a short, movement-based video piece in reaction to Sukkot rituals. Presented by The Jewish Museum & CBE premiering at a live online event Oct 1st. 2020.
Concept & Dance — Verónica Santiago Moniello
Music, Camera — Mike Amacio
Editing — Verónica Santiago Moniello