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Shake It Out 

Wednesday, Feb 19 2014

Illness gets bused in from Nevada. It rises up between the cracks of the sidewalk. It sleeps in the park and by the fountain at the U.N. Plaza. It's in the stench in the seams of the escalator. It slumps around the apartment in ratty sweats clutching an object meant to stand in for a mother or lover. It's around and in us. You can try to stomp it down or shake it out. You can try, if you are Samantha Blanchard, to make a dance about it. Eclipse Dance Theater takes suicide, that side-effect of mental illness, as its topic and target in Suicide's Requiem. It attempts to use Mozart and movement to implement Alfred Tomatis' audio-psycho-phonology therapy to heal the performers, each a sufferer of mental illness, and to create healing within the audience. It combines personal narratives and rock-and-roll to make — not merry — but meditation on a painful theme.

March 5-6, 8 p.m., 2014

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