Midtone…Commissioned by Danielle Durchslag and Ryan Frank -an exploration of Sukkot informed by the 2020 pandemic.

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…

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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?
A stranger?

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

Habitual.

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