We are excited to kick off the year with the theme of Light and Darkness, and a new dance piece by choreographer Anna Hillengas Troester in response to 2 Corinthians 4:16-18:
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
This dance will also be performed at our upcoming event, Spark and Echo Arts Live!
what flickers will yet remain
Created and Choreographed by Anna Hillengas Troester
Danced by Brittany Testone and Emily SoRelle Adams
Videography: Nathan Troester
Music: Zoe Hillengas (original composition), Josh Garrels (“Words Remain”)
This passage from 2 Corinthians fascinates me, especially the juxtaposition of the reality that we experience in our daily lives, and the reality that lies beneath those circumstances. For me, the verses present a perpetual tension between the temporal and the eternal, deterioration and regeneration, frustration and hope. That our lives comprise all of these facets simultaneously overwhelms me, but this scripture is also a comfort. It echoes our difficulties, while assuring us of the infallible hope that remains.
what flickers will yet remains is a meditation on the fluidity of struggle, rest, stability, change, the everyday and the imagined. The work also explores the collaboration of dance, music and film perspectives. It could not have been made in its present form without the contributions of videographer, musicians and dancers, to whom I am very grateful.
Anna Hillengas Troester was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in the Philadelphia area where she began her dance training with Gwendolyn Bye. She moved to New York City to attend Barnard College, where she earned a B.A. in Urban Studies. She later earned an M.F.A. in Dance at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, where she worked with choreographers Deborah Jowitt, Sean Curran and Cherylyn Lavagnino, as well as creating her own work. As a dancer, Anna has also performed with Errol Grimes Dance Group, Nicholas Andre Dance, Redshift Dance, Lori Belilove & Co., and Mary Seidman and Dancers. As a choreographer, Anna’s work has been presented at DanceNow’s RAW Festival, Amalgamate Artists’ Series, WAXworks Series at Triskelion Arts, and Green Space Blooms, among other venues. Anna is also a Certified Pilates Teacher and Instructor-Trainer (Pilates Academy International), as well as a Certified Yoga Teacher (Mind Body Dancer, Hatha Vinyasa Style). Anna teaches on faculty in the Dance Department of Hofstra University. She explores multi-media collaborations of dance, music and film through her choreographic projects, and she continually strives to bring movement, wellness and the arts to a wider population.
Curated by Emily SoRelle Adams
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