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Family Dinner

A crowd-sourced dance-theater work about our collective identity as Americans

June 3: Workshop with showing at 1450 Ocean/Camera Obscura: 4-5:30pm*

June 4: Performance/potluck: Virginia Avenue Park, Santa Monica: 5:30pm

June 10: Performance/potluck: Reed Park, Santa Monica: 12pm

June 11: Performance/potluck: Home-hosted, Santa Monica: 5:30pm

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What does it mean to be an American? What have you done to survive? Where do you find hope? Dance-theater artist Christine Suarez follows up her critically acclaimed work, Mother.Father. with Family Dinner.- a dance-theater work created in collaboration with participants from a series of home-hosted potluck dinners. Together they examine their relationship to nation through the lens of the story from the Book of Ruth. From these conversations, Suarez and dancers will build a new work examining the parallels of our national identity and this ancient story of survival, immigration and hope.

*Preregister for the workshop at In the workshop we will be building on what we did in the potlucks: participatory games that stimulate discussion and movement. We will also share an excerpt of the work and invite you to a post-workshop potluck on the beach.