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Three Artists and an Unconventional Collaboration


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E ALL WONDER IF there is such really such thing as uncon- ditional love. Many times, this notion is explored through count-


less artistic outlets, such as Love after Love does this month. Rachel Miller of Wellspring/Cori Terry


& Dancers and her two colleagues composed Love after Love, which confronts the many fac- ets of love, including the taboo. The two-act play is an uncensored and highly metaphoric amalgam of spoken word poetry, modern dance, and live music. “I’ve always wanted to


collaborate with a poet,” Miller said. “But I was searching for poetry that was less straightfor- ward and more metaphorical.” While she was in Prague


Five years later, Brown approached Miller


with a spoken word monologue that would become Love after Love. William Harvey, Brown’s college friend, was then contacted to contribute to the project. To begin the creative process, Miller split up the monologue into two acts, and organized the emotional content using the seven stages of grief as a base. “Delving into the themes and imagery,


LOVE AFTER LOVE Wellspring Theater at the Epic Center, Kalamazoo June 2-5, shows at 3 and 8 p.m. $5-$10; (269) 873-2833


for a choreography workshop, she attended one of Jonathan Brown’s spo- ken word performances, stumbling upon the type of poetry she had been seeking. She was immediately captivated by his articulate and non-literal poetry. “There was something brutally honest and


sincere about his work,” she said. “It really lent itself to movement and modern dance.” She approached him at that same perfor-


mance about a collaborative piece. In 2005 they premiered the first result of their partner- ship, Prose in Motion, at Wellspring Theatre to rave reviews.


instead of specific words in the poetry was a personal challenge for me,” Miller said. The trio had merely a week of intensive rehearsal to prepare before the July 2010 premiere in New Orleans. Although it was mainly a literary and theatre crowd, Miller was pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming appreciation of modern dance. “They were really enthusi-


astic and well-educated in performance art,” she says. “It was wonderful to receive their insight and praise.” Miller expects a similar reaction from West


Michigan residents when the play comes to the Epic Center this month. All three collabora- tors will perform their own work in addition to two Kalamazoo-based dancers, Wellspring’s Jasmine Statzer and WMU’s Marley Schmidt. “The one thing I have learned from liv-


ing in West Michigan is that the community is really supportive of the arts,” Miller said. “Kalamazoo audiences will really enjoy this unconventional performance.” n


“LOVE AFTER LOVE” – Scene 7 “I’ve Never Been Happier”; (from left to right) Francesca Pileci-Bates, Rachel Miller, Jasmine Statzer.


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