Join us for a short live performance excerpt from choreographer Rachel Bernsen and writer Rachel Kauder Nalebuff's I Know You So Well, A Sound and Movement Choir For People Who Work in Healthcare, followed by the debut screening of an experimental documentary by Justice Nnanna about the performers and the surprising intersections of healthcare and the sacred. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the filmmaker and cast, and the Rachel's future plans for the project.
Loosely adapted from Plato's symposium, I Know You So Well examines the fracture of an industry or place. Its first iteration, commissioned by Artspace New Haven and performed at 2018 City Wide Open Studios: Wellbeing, focused on healthcare. It brought together eleven healthcare workers who had never connected in their professional lives to think holistically as a community about what it means to heal.
This interdisciplinary work layers song, text, choreography and improvisation to convey the emotions and life-experiences of an unlikely group of performers. In bringing together intergenerational, diverse groups of strangers, this choir allows improvisational elements and variance of meaning to shape our understanding of the work of caregivers, what it means to give care, and to discover what we can learn from each other's isolated practices.
The short film, directed by Justice Nnanna is a lush cinematic rendering of I Know You So Well. A documentary that hovers between visual expression and journalism, it weaves together interviews he conducted with each participant, a unique visual perspective on the work itself, and imagery from Nnanna's personal archive. An associative expression of live performance through film, it adds another layer in the form of the performers reflections on the work they do and its meaning in their lives.