Eli Weinberg // This Land Is My Land
This Land Is My Land takes an expansive look at Santa Cruz history from the Mission grounds to the lumberyards, the Chinatowns to the Municipal Wharf. What might these places have in common? Each setting dramatically influenced the way in which Santa Cruz residents not only related to the city but to one another. They determined a particular reality and identity for those who inhabited, interacted and depended upon the resources these sites provided. This Land Is My Land explores the diverse lives and histories of Santa Cruzans through captivating live music by Chris Lynch, stunning choreography and a cast of ten phenomenal actors and dancers.
First presented in 2012 as part of Motion Pacific's "Dance Incubator Project," the show received praise for its inventive approach to themes not often tackled in a performance setting. The work was developed and devised by sifting through newspaper articles and history books, seeking out personal accounts and spending time and rehearsing in the sites of interest - trying to ascertain a sense of how distinct groups of people came to live in and see Santa Cruz. Moving seamlessly from one historical era to the next, the performance attempts to draw a line from the original inhabitants of Santa Cruz to its present day dwellers, all within the context of land use and the fluid definition of territory. Certainly a production to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages - in one moment, we witness an explosion of color and sound in a celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year and soon after experience boisterous barking and ensuing hilarity when dancers transform into elephant seals battling to get the "upper flipper" on who should rightfully occupy a chosen swath of land.
A testament to the wealth of possibilities that can occur when history meets with the arts, This Land Is My Land will enthrall, entertain and inspire!
santa cruz museum of art & history (View)
705 Front Street
santa cruz, CA 95060
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|