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Live Active Cultures: Emotions Dance, ‘Untold Stories’

The local dance troupe’s choreographer, Larissa Humiston, finds inspration in the darker corners

Photo: Photo by Tisse Mallon, License: N/A

Photo by Tisse Mallon


On a less terminal note, the second-act opener, “We Will Prevail,” emphasized strength and unity in fighting cancer. “I just know so many people who have struggled with all sorts of cancer,” explains Humiston. “I used to work at hospice, and I ran a support group for those who are going through cancer. It was just really, really touching to me; it’s something that I see all the time, so it was really important to me in that piece to show hope, and show support of each other. So there was a lot of connection with the dancers.”

I appreciate the artistry and athleticism of Emotions’ dancers (especially the powerful and versatile Taylor Shepherd), and would love to see Humiston create a cohesively integrated full-length work – as opposed to this series of short scenes separated by silent blackouts – to stretch their skills. If you want to financially support Emotions’ steps toward that aim, a fundraising benefit is coming up: Flash and Lights Cocktail Benefit, 6 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Venue.

“It’s hard when you’re doing a show like this, because these are tough subjects,” concludes Humiston. “But my ultimate message is of hope. Again, if we can draw more attention to these types of things, then I hope that we can change them, so that they’re not these ‘untold’ things anymore.”

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