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The Materiality of Impermanence – Heartfelt Choreographic Exploration of Living with Breast Cancer

Update June 6, 2012

from Sharon Marroquin, Director and Choreographer

I am thrilled to announce that The Materiality of Impermanence received two awards from the Austin Arts Critics’ Table: Best Dance Concert and Best Dancer! Talented Ia Ensterä also received an award for Best Scenic Design for her work on several projects, including The Materiality of Impermanence. Congratulations to all!

Dancer: Lisa del Rosario; photo: Lynn Lane

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“The  Materiality of Impermanence is my humble attempt to create significance out of overwhelming despair.

“Dance has become not simply something that I do, but the means to understand that although life is fundamentally impermanent, our spirit is stunningly eternal.”

— Sharon Marroquin, Director and Choreographer

Photo of Dance Performers by Chithra Jeyaram. Front Row are Cancer Survivors from the Audience. Back row are main show performers. Sharon is middle back row with flowers. Bonnie is third from right back row. 12-year old Clara is second from left back row.

Wheatsville’s Bonnie Cox is one of several adept and soulful contemporary dancers performing “The Materiality of Impermanence” – director Sharon Marroquin’s choreographic exploration of living with breast cancer.

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Three chances left to experience it – this Saturday March 24 (2 & 8pm) and Sunday (2pm) at the Long Center’s Rollins Studio Theatre in Austin. Tickets are $15-25 – open seating so get there early – Students, Seniors & Cancer Survivors $10.

The Saturday 2pm show is free to Cancer Survivors and features a discussion after the performance.

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I want to share with you folks both Bonnie’s graceful and expressive dancing – from sorrowful to whimsical – and my friend Sharon’s performance and the wonder of her choreography during the stunning 90-minute concert with no intermission. If you’d like to go but can’t afford it – I will reimburse you half-price ticket early next week.

I left the theatre Friday night infused with joy and sadness and ultimately – bliss. In addition to the dancers (including Clara Regimbal-Walsh — a delightful 12-year-old middle schooler now in her eighth year of dancing & one of Sharon’s students), several women – all cancer survivors – left their front row seats twice to dance with the performers during the show.

Do you know that Bonnie has been doing a variety of dancing for 11 years. A graduate and former teaching assistant at Texas State, Bonnie also performs with the Diverse Space Dance Theatre in Austin.

Sharon Photo by Todd V. Wolfson — who shot three stunning videos that were screened during the live performance

Full text of Director’s Program Letter to audience —

The Materiality of Impermanence” is dedicated to all the survivors I have met: you are reservoirs of strength and courage. It is also dedicated to my mother, who took her own life at age 46, and to my father, who left this world not needing anything.

“On January 8, 2010, I received a call informing me that I had breast cancer. Since that moment, the eyes I see with belong to someone I do not know, and my body is a foreign puzzle with missing pieces. Every day I am newly surprised by the decimation of what my life once was. Twenty-six months, four surgeries, 16 chemotherapy treatments, 30 radiation sessions and one blood clot later, I continue to make sense of this journey.

The Materiality of Impermanence” is my humble attempt to create significance out of overwhelming despair. Dance has become not simply something that I do, but the means to understand that although life is fundamentally impermanent, our spirit is stunningly eternal.”

– Sharon

Chronicle cover article

http://www.austinchronicle.com/arts/2012-03-23/here-today/

Austin American-Statesman

http://www.austin360.com/arts/dancer-uses-illness-as-creative-muse-2229350.html

Austin Chronicle after show — Sharon’s post below —

Robert Faires, from The Austin Chronicle, wrote a lovely review of the show.  He describes it well, and he GOT it.  Thank you Robert!

Check it out: A Triumph of Life and Art

Photo: Lynn Lane

Long Center promo

http://www.thelongcenter.org/sharon_marroquin.aspx

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