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Two Wings - 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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Two Wings - 2011

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA.— Framed within a backdrop of ethereal light, shadow, and natural elements and juxtaposed against hightech visual imagery, Artistic Director Jill Togawa unveils Purple Moon Dance Project’s 20th Anniversary season with The Unforgettable Secret Rhythms of Joy. As the first chapter of a larger work, this world premiere questions the speed at which our lives flow in relation to our increasing dependency on technology. “What would a not-so-fast world be like?” asks Togawa.

A tale for all ages, The Unforgettable Secret Rhythms of Joy introduces the goddess and a magic silver box of invisible webs. Told through the voices of children and adults, this inquisitive work uncovers our sometimes hidden pleasures of reality.

While this first chapter explores our obsessions with time and attempts to juggle the increasing pace of our lives alongside our inherent yearning for physical contact, The Unforgettable Secret Rhythms of Joy is only the beginning of the larger work’s ambitious search for balance in an unbalanced world. Technology inspires innovation, encourages creativity, and maintains connection. Yet, with its refined tools of communication, filtration, and a sea of ‘invisible webs,’ technology more and more overrides humanity’s physiological craving for touch and keeps us in a cycle of ‘unexperienced intimacy.’

Inspired by the speed of her own life and her desire for her five-year-old daughter, Carmel, to grow up appreciating the real world, Togawa aspires to move audiences to rediscover that yearning for human connection and to imagine an integrated balance of virtual reality and realness. “Technology helps us stay connected. That’s a positive thing. That’s what’s exciting about it! People are able to connect with each other instantaneously,” explains Togawa. Instead of rejecting the phenomenon, Togawa recognizes that technology brings simultaneous benefits and challenges. But, for the sake of future generations, she questions, “How do we integrate technology into our lives with integrity?”

For this performance, Purple Moon will be accompanied by two stellar musicians. Laura Inserra will be on the Swiss hang and kalimba of southern Africa, and Tbird Luv will be on the Hawaiian ukulele, flute, and vocals. Influenced by Togawa’s original text and movement interpretations of the dancers, the musicians were not only selected for this piece because of Togawa’s deep appreciation for their artistry, but also because each one brings their unique voice to the creative process. Inserra explains that she and collaborator Luv are “incorporating the sounds of technology with the human body as the creator. As a human being you can create metallic sounds with voice, while the acoustic instrument reminds us of humanity. We are bringing both images together.”

The premiere of The Unforgettable Secret Rhythms of Joy is part of a collaborative presentation of Two Wings: A Shared Evening of Dance. In the second half of the evening, Bay Area choreographer Liz Boubion will present Maclovia's Birds: Inspirados por el Arte de Mi Abuelita, a piece depicting end-of-life integration, love, loss and the language of birds. More information on Boubion’s piece can be found at

Two Wings: A Shared Evening of Dance will be presented on Friday and Saturday, April 15-16 at 7:30pm, and on Sunday, April 17 at 6pm, at Dance Mission Theater located at 3316 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children five and younger are free. Purchase your tickets at

Purple Moon Dance Project was founded in 1992 by Artistic Director Jill Togawa with the mission of creating visibility and positive social change for lesbians and women of color through the medium of dance. In addition to a Home Season of performances, Purple Moon has developed holistic programs through its Community Arts & Health Education programs, primarily for women of color with life-threatening illness, elders, and individuals in recovery, using dance and movement to heal their bodies. The programs are held weekly in conjunction with the Chinatown Public Health Center and Latino Commission of the San Francisco’s Department of Public Health.
Purple Moon’s artistic and programmatic work is funded in part by: Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, The California Endowment, California Arts Council, Horizons Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, MetLife, National Arts Guild, the National Endowment for the Arts, ZeroDivide, San Francisco Grants for the Arts/Hotel Tax Fund and the Purple Moon Galaxy.
To purchase tickets go to For more information on volunteer, donor, and sponsorship opportunities, please contact, call 415-663-6117, or go to Purple Moon Dance Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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