Stories From Home: COVID-19 Addendum Online Series
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Evolved in response to COVID-19 and quarantine-based parenthood and work, Stories From Home is a series of dances embodying the largely underrepresented experiences of Latinx communities in the American Southwest, with palpable theatricality, compelling spoken word, a movement aesthetic informed by vibrant ancestral and contemporary sources, and universal themes of love, family, and home.
Stories From Home: COVID-19 Addendum
Premiere July 15, 2020
Act 1: Each Wednesday, July 15 - August 12
Act 2: Each Wednesday, August 19 - September 16
Premiering on Instagram Live for 24 hours at @mpaproject1. Series recordings will be available on Patreon for future viewing. To join Patreon, click here.
Stories From Home was originally scheduled to premiere on stage and in person on Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage this September; this engagement has been postponed and will be rescheduled for the 2021 season.
Facing the realities of COVID-19 and its impact on the performing arts industry, along with postponed performances and residencies, Montoya evolved the presentation of the work. She also identified ideological parallels with her 2016 piece Motherhood and the Performing Arts, a solo work that explored the joys and challenges of parenthood and a performing arts career, as her work as an artist was suddenly combined with new responsibilities as a home school educator. These ideas and circumstances were the catalyst for Stories From Home: COVID-19 Addendum.
The two-month online Stories From Home: COVID-19 Addendum series is an evolution of and supplement to the full-length Stories From Home work, integrating new choreography and ideas. This online series presentation is divided among two acts. The first act encompasses five work-in-progress dances, performed by Montoya, that reflect upon the challenges of homeschooling and parenting while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The second act will feature the cast of Stories From Home in five work-in-progress dances, choreographed by Montoya, that feature the dancers’ stories from home during the time of COVID-19.