We Vs. C premiere June 3-4 at Grounds For Sculpture

May 05, 2017 We Vs. C premiere June 3-4 at Grounds For Sculpture

From June 3-4, Roxey Ballet, in partnership with numerous local nonprofit organizations, will perform a project over a year-long in the making: WE vs C: Stories of Breast Cancer Survivors.

WE vs C: Stories of Breast Cancer Survivors is a world premier of dance, music, art, and theater collaboration celebrating the lives of breast cancer survivors. This healing arts project will involve partnerships with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Foundation, D&R Greenway, Grounds for Sculpture, and the Breast Cancer Resource Center. It is a song-cycle/ballet conceived and created by Mark Roxey with original music by songwriting team Robert Maggio and Matthew Hardy, with choreography by Mark Roxey.

“I’m honored and touched to produce a project like this that celebrates the lives of Breast Cancer survivors and all who are facing the challenge of any kind of cancer”, says Mark Roxey, choreographer and executive artistic director of Roxey Ballet. “The art of dance is at its best when you are able to create meaning that transcends the art of dance, when you can do something much greater than the single word ‘dance’. That is what Roxey Ballet is all about”, he said.

Created through interviews with 22 strong women, choreographer Mark Roxey, songwriting team Robert Maggio and Matthew Hardy will use music, dance, and spoken word to capture the essence of their stories and lives. The dancers will be accompanied by live music, performed by Gina Milo, Desirée Rodriguez, and Aurelia Williams.

The project began in March 2016, when Mark Roxey participated in a discussion with administrative members of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Foundation, and the Breast Cancer Research Center of Princeton. The talk centered around how Roxey Ballet might collaborate with breast cancer survivors to help them regain confidence and a sense of their new bodies after surgery. In August, the survivors told their stories at Roxey Ballet’s Canal Studio Theatre. Their stories will be translated into music, spoken words, and dance movements. The interviewees will also participate in the creative process, and at least six of the storytellers will be selected to share the stage with the professional artists of Roxey Ballet as featured artists.

WE vs C: Stories of Breast Cancer Survivors will premiere at Grounds for Sculpture from June 3-4, 2017.