Soil Turning

Students perform in Luther College's 2018 Dance Production "Soil Turning."

Choreographed by Andrea Vazquez-Aguirre
Center for the Arts: Jewel Theatre
May 4-5 and 10-12

Press Release

Soil Turning is a piece inspired by the identities of thirteen performers. In the process of creation, the arguments of a social activist, a philosopher and cultural theorist, and a writer on identity served as points of departure for the composition, in which performers move through the spaces at the Center for the Arts. Tillage is the agricultural preparation of soil by mechanical agitation of various types, such as digging, stirring, and overturning.

Audience members may find their own relationship to the creative and academic tillage in which the performers have participated as they reflected on personal factors that play a role in defining one’s identity. As engaged scholars and citizens, they are striving to move away from assumptions about others based on stereotypes associated with aspects of identity and to embrace the notion that identity is fluid and shifts throughout one’s life.

Director's Note

Soil Turning is a piece inspired by the identities of thirteen performers. In the process of creation, the arguments of a social activist, a philosopher and cultural theorist, and a writer on identity served as points of departure for the composition. Tillage is the agricultural preparation of soil by mechanical agitation: digging, stirring, and overturning. The sound scores that accompany each section were conceived by student composers under the guidance of Professor Brooke Joyce. Audience members may find their own relationship to the creative and academic tillage in which the performers have participated as they reflected on personal factors that play a role in defining one’s identity. We ask our audience to move with us from space to space, and to engage in the potential fluidity of one’s identity.

-Andrea Vasquez-Aguirre
Assistant Professor of Dance

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