WHAT: The Ballad of Polly Ann
A tribute in live performance to the women who built the Bay Area’s bridges
WHO: Flyaway Productions
Choreography by Jo Kreiter in collaboration with the company
Original soundscore by Pamela Z
WHEN: July 14-18 and 21-25, 2009, Tuesdays –Saturdays @ 8:00pm
WHERE: SOMArts Cultural Center (934 Brannan Street @ 8th Street, 94103)
BOX OFFICE: (800) 838-3006 and flyawayproductions.com
Flyaway Productions' THE BALLAD OF POLLY ANN is a tribute to the legacy of women who built the Bay Area's bridges from the 1970s to the present. Jo Kreiter, Director of Flyaway Productions, and labor historian Harvey Schwartz interviewed six women - from pile drivers to crane operators - and incorporated their stories into the dance and the musical score by Pamela Z. The dance itself is set on a replica representing aspects of a bridge, and inspired by the suspension system used on the Alfred Zampa Memorial Bridge. Flyaway's dancers use the bridge's construction elements to exemplify the physical and emotional risks characteristic of the relentless physical labor required to work on the bridges.
THE BALLAD OF POLLY ANN is part of LaborFest 2009 and was created with help and support from Tradeswomen, Inc., Pile Drivers Union Local 23, Hathaway Dinwiddie, foundations, and individuals.
Performances are Tuesdays – Saturdays, July 14-25 @ 8pm. Details and excerpts of the oral stories are at flyawayproductions.com
Official Website: http://www.flyawayproductions.com
Added by NEQA/Communications on June 19, 2009