When and Where is the Celebration?
THE LOVING PROJECT: E-RACE is a dynamic dance theater performance that enlivens imagination and challenges assumptions.
Created and performed by Laura Schandelmeier & Stephen Clapp, with Ilana Faye Silverstein, Mervin Primeaux, and installation artist Lorne Covington.
The Loving Project: E-Race reflects Schandelmeier & Clapp's responses to the intersections between racism and the highly charged debate around same sex marriage. The work also features a virtual environment created by installation artist Lorne Covington in which the music and movement effect the projected visuals. The work is a dance/theater/music performance that explores interracial marriages and nontraditional partnerships through historical and present-day perspectives.
This timely and relevant work offers reflections on racism, sexism, and gender bias, and highlights aspects of union that make partnership between "unlikely" couples viable (and desirable) despite an adverse status quo. The work weaves together a tapestry of stories that include: the case of Loving vs. Virginia, which in 1967 overturned the law against interracial marriage in Virginia; the marriage between Russian Inventor Leon Theremin and dancer with the American Negro Ballet, Lavinia Williams; and the case of Beth and Terence Humphrey-McKay, an interracial couple who in October 2009 were denied a marriage license from a Justice of the Peace in the State of Louisiana. Schandelmeier & Clapp's fifth evening length work, The Loving Project: E-Race celebrates distinctive partnerships and the rare gifts they bring to the world.