In August 2020 Zaccho will premiere a new site-specific aerial performance - Love, a state of grace - at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral. At a time when places of worship have seen an alarming rise in violent attacks and vandalism, Love, a state of grace will explore shared aspirations across faiths and cultures, and celebrate San Francisco’s diversity through community activations, public dialogue, and cultural exchanges.
Using the natural, architectural, and cultural environment of Grace Cathedral as a point of departure for movement exploration and narrative, Love, a state of grace will be a three day aerial dance installation, presented in 30-minute cycles repeated over several hours, during which the audience can move freely within the Cathedral. With its high ceilings, stained glass, and multiple chambers, the Cathedral will provide a multifaceted platform to enable many vantage points for the audience.
Collaborating with sculptor Wayne Campbell to create unique and integrated scenic design, Haigood’s choreography will draw from Grace’s French Gothic style and themes inherent to the architecture. Composer Walter Kitundu will create a score in conversation with the long and complex reverberations present in Grace Cathedral - not unlike the reverberations of life viewed through the lens of history. Performances will be followed by panel discussions with notable scholars and activists, allowing the audience to explore their own perceptions of “otherness” and examining how we might move towards greater acceptance and understanding.