On January 22nd & 23rd at the Hayworth Theater, The cARTel presented (Un)Godly: A Conversation, a meta theater piece that combined dance with solo performance and art installation. Andrew Pearson, an agnostic choreographer, explored the absence of God in his life through six conversations with vastly diverse modern-day "believers", each of whom was embodied on stage by actress Madeline Harris, who stunned the crowd with her portrayal of the six different people (and the memorization of their substantial transcripts!). After each conversation, a company of dancers took to the stage to provide us with Andrew's version of the conversation, his perspective through movement.
Before and after the show, audience members enjoyed wine & food representing different religions and cultures, as they took in artwork inspired by the question we hoped would be on everyone's mind as they left the theater - “What, and HOW do you believe?"
Directed by Negin Singh
Created and Choreographed by Andrew Pearson
Curated by Sebastian Kadlecik
Starring Madeline Harris
Stage Managed by AJ Nowack
Lighting Design by Lucal Leileholm
Sound Design by Leigh Zeichick
Featuring Dance Performances by:
Kellie St. Pierre
Featuring Visual Art by:
Andrew Pearson began dancing in his home town of Pleasanton, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. Immediately following high school he moved to Orange County to further his studies at the University of California, Irvine where he received his BFA in dance performance and choreography. While at UCI, Andrew studied with a number of esteemed faculty members including David Allan, Loretta Livingston, Jodie Gates, and Donald McKayle and even had the pleasure of performing the role of Sissy Boy in Mr. McKayle’s “Games.” Since graduation, Andrew has had the opportunity to work with and/or perform works by a huge variety of modern and contemporary based dance companies and choreographers, including Jane Comfort, John Jasperse, Lar Lubovitch, Rosanna Gamson, and Barak Marshall. He has also lent his choreographic talents to a number of theatrical productions and dance concerts. Beyond choreographing and performing, Andrew teaches dance at Flintridge Prep School.