calling: a dance with faith
Created and Directed by Jesca Prudencio
Featuring Natsumi Sophia Bellali and Hala Shah
Devised in collaboration with the performers
A Ping Chong + Company workshop production
June 22 at 7pm | June 23 at 7pm
Downtown Arts Space, NYC
FREE. Limited seating. Reserve your seats HERE.
In this new dance theater piece, two Muslim women wrestle with their call to dance and their call to faith. The religious and artistic journeys of Natsumi and Hala, two women who are both Muslim and professional dancers, intersect in this rich performance of movement and storytelling.
Directed by Ping Chong + Company member Jesca Prudencio, Calling: a dance with faith uses interview-based scripting and a devised process to create a wholly personal vision of the artistic self in relation to Muslim identity.
This workshop production is supported by Engaging Dance Audiences, administered by Dance/USA and made possible with generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. It is also supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
By Anna Ziegler
Directed by Jesca Prudencio
October 11 - November 4, 2018
San Diego Repertory Theatre
At a raucous party during their freshman year at Princeton, Tom and Amber connect in ways that seem innocent enough at first. But as the night heats up, they find themselves in murky territory with ramifications that could affect the rest of their lives. What actually happened between them? Tackling the highly charged topic of sexual consent, this intimate and surprising drama explores the intersection of gender and race on college campuses today. When it comes to sex, what is consent and when can it be given? If you don’t remember giving it, does sex become assault?
Deeply-felt, funny and extraordinarily provocative, fast-rising playwright Anna Ziegler’s new play is an intricate and psychologically complex jigsaw puzzle. Crafted with compassion and profound insight, Actually leaves it to the audience to grapple with the gray area of truth, where there are three sides to every story.
A documentary dance theater work
directed and choreographed by Jesca Prudencio
November 15-17, 2018
As part of the Artist-In- Resident Program
Performance Project @ University Settlement, NYC
Walking down the street, sitting on the train, waiting in line, etc. -- public space is a platform for sexual harassment. International director, choreographer, and documentary theater maker Jesca Prudencio explores the layered experience of the victim around the moment of attack. Developed through a series workshops and interviews, NOHING is a documentary dance theater work that shares the unsettling experiences of women from the University Settlement community in New York City.
Jesca and her company People Of Interest perform the victims' physical struggle to simultaneously protect, fight, and scream silently, like the strong yet still Noh spirits. Nohing intersects testimony, multimedia, and traditional Japanese Noh dance to explore the mask women wear to survive harassment.
man of god
by Anna Moench
directed by Jesca Prudencio
January 31st - February 24, 2019
East West Players, LA
A hidden discovery in a hotel bathroom changes the lives of four Korean Christian girls on a mission trip to Thailand. Samantha is hurt that someone she trusted could betray her. Jen is worried about how this might affect her college applications. Kyung-Hwa thinks everyone should adjust their expectations. Mimi’s out for blood. Amid the neon lights and go go bars in Bangkok, the girls plot revenge in this funny, feminist thriller.