Still from Well Contested Sites

Alcatraz Dancers Capture the Difficulties of Transitioning to Life Outside Prison

"Well Contested Sites," filmed in Alcatraz Island and performed by twelve previously incarcerated dancers, captures the difficult transition into a life outside prison. In it, the dancers take us through the halls and the walls of this historical venue. Their movements are symbolic, sometimes cathartic and repetitive -- their repetition leads us too into the sort of desperate rituals of prison. With a hypnotic score by Eli Nelson, we find ourselves in claustrophobic experience that at times can feel liberating.

 

Read an interview with choreographer Amie Dowling on her experience creating this video.

 

Courtesy of Austin Forbord.

 

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