Breathless: A Wake for Carrie Ahern Dance
Join us for Carrie Ahern’s annual fundraising event November 20th, to raise money for Borrowed Prey: Part II, premiering December 3rd – 14th at Alwan for the Arts, New York City. Your ticket will include food, wine, performance and interactive rituals.
This evening is a cheeky and spirited take on an Irish wake, complete with feasting, drinking, the Selling of Indulgences, attempts at waking the dead, and a chance to introduce yourself to the cutting edge music and movement technology used in the upcoming December shows. This one time only event is an opportuntiy to meet Carrie Ahern and to support this unique performance experience.
Present Pariah Inc / Carrie Ahern Dance is a 501 C3 not-for-profit corporation. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Directions to Alwan for the Arts:
16 Beaver St., 4th Floor (bet. Broad & Broadway)
New York, NY 10004
Tel: (646) 732-3261
Alwan for the Arts is accessible to people with disabilities. Please call 646 732 3261 in advance, or buzz at the door to arrange a ramp.
SUBWAY: 4/5 to Bowling Green; J to Broad St. (south exit to Exchange Pl.); R to Whitehall St. – South Ferry; 1 to Rector St. (at Greenwich St.); 2/3 to Wall St. (at William St.);
BUSES: M5 via Broadway; M5 via Allen & Water Streets;
Borrowed Prey seeks to unveil spaces of connection/disconnection around death in our culture.
Where Borrowed Prey: part I looked at empathy and animal death, in Borrowed Prey: part II choreographer Carrie Ahern looks at empathy and human death. Borrowed Prey: part II asks: With modern culture’s tendency to prolong life at almost any cost, are we capable of embracing death? Adapting video game technology to create a symbiotic relationship between movement and sound, it addresses the complicated relationship of the body to medical technology. The live ensemble, dancer and choreographer Carrie Ahern, Bessie Award winning dancer Carolyn Hall and composer/musician Anne Hege use their personal experiences of the dying process to inform the work. Where cultural dying ritual seems lacking in the Western world, Borrowed Prey: part II reveal a communal ritual that promotes connection. This ritual is supported by immersive original video by Harrison Owen, Sets and Lighting by Jay Ryan and costumes by Naoko Nagata. An intimate work viewed in-the-round, Borrowed Prey: part II presents a life-affirming interconnectedness as an alternative to our culture’s current sanitized process.
Borrowed Prey: part II has a limited audience capacity of 30 people per performance and 8 performances only.