Choreography by Kaley Pruitt. Performed by Cassandra Bowser, Robert Perales, Kaley Pruitt & Megan Wubbenhorst.

“Room for Elephants” explores how we retain structures of remembrance and physical places that held our sense of ‘home’ at one time or another. The cast manipulates a large 30’x9’ fabric sail throughout the work. This nostalgic, playful, and otherworldly piece exists in a space of memory, and probes how we hold onto spaces we cannot revisit. Room for Elephants began as an exploration in maintaining memory of Pruitt’s family home. Her father was a residential architect, and he designed the home. He passed away when Pruitt was 23. Ideas for “Room for Elephants” began with spatial muscle memory and rebuilding pathways through the house. The choreography flows in dream like states through rooms and memories. The finished work came to express Pruitt’s experience of grief and losing her father. The three women represent herself, her older sister, and mother with the male role being that of her father, who is absent from the last section of the work. This work was commissioned by Illinois State University and premiered as a works-in-progress in the Westhoff Theater (April 2017 – Normal, IL). The full professional premiere was in Kaley Pruitt Dance’s season at Triskelion Arts (July 2017 – NYC). [Photo by Stephen Delas Heras] 24 minutes | 4 dancers

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