Calling: a dance with faith

2018–2019
Dance

About the Production

Calling: a dance with faith is a documentary dance theater piece exploring the lives of two Muslim women as they wrestle with their call to dance and their call to faith. Their religious and artistic journeys intersect, as both Muslims and dancers, in this rich and perceptive performance of movement and storytelling. This piece expands upon Ping Chong and Company’s traditional interview-based theater process of talking with local individuals about questions of culture, identity and belonging.

Production Team And Cast

Conceived by

Jesca Prudencio, Hala Shah, Natsumi Sophia Bellali (Downtown Arts) and Samar Aafiya (La MaMa)

Directed by

Jesca Prudencio

Lighting Design

Cecilia Durbin

Sound Design

Fan Zhang

Stage Manager

Kristina Varshavskaya

Cast

Hala Shah, Natsumi Sophia Bellali (Downtown Arts) and Samar Aafiya (La MaMa)

Performance History

Premiere

Downtown Arts, New York, NY (June 2018)

Tours

La MaMa Moves Festival, New York, NY (May 2019)