hinges keep a city: neighborhood stories a multi-media play featuring Bennett Dance Company presented by the huntington theatre company's education department in association with the boston center for the arts
For the development of HINGES, Huntington educators conducted and transcribed nearly 300 pages of oral history interviews with residents from the South End, Fenway, Mission Hill, and Lower Roxbury. These transcripts were turned over to a team of artists who focused in on the most compelling themes and flushed out a narrative storyline. The artistic team included playwright Kirsten Greenidge, theatre director Judy Braha, visual artist Chandra Dieppa Ortiz, composer Hugh Hinton, and Bennett Dance Company, led by dancer/choreographer Christine Bennett, and dancer/assistant choreographer DeAnna Pellecchia.
HINGES wove together the memories, transitions, and legacies of people living in Boston neighborhoods during the 20th century, specifically focusing on the social and racial issues facing the community at that time. SHINE, a solo choreographed and performed by DeAnna Pellecchia was featured as part of this production. SHINE celebrates the heyday of the 50's when 'Shoeshines' lined the corners strutting their stuff for tips. Set around a four-legged stool, virtuosic movement combines rhythmic hand slapping and foot stomping with acrobatic feats on and around the prop. The Shoeshine incites the audience to laugh, cheer and increase their tips...
HINGES ran January 14- 23, 2005 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. The play was produced by the Education and Community Outreach Department’s Storytelling for the Ages (STAGES) program. This edition of the program, funded in part by The Boston Globe Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, was designed as part of the Huntington’s inaugural year-long celebration of the new Calderwood Pavilion.