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Flyaway Productions' The Right To Be Believed Sheds Light on Womens' Issues from Above

by Joanna G. Harris
June 2, 2017
UC Hastings College of the Law – Outdoor Wall
Demonstration Gardens
333 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 581-8950
demonstration-gardens.org
Joanna G. Harris Author, Beyond Isadora: Bay Area Dancing, 1916-1965. Regent Press, Berkeley, CA, 2009. Contributor to reviews on culturevulture.net
It was a chilly night in San Francisco. The wind blew cold. The choreographer thanked the audience wearing a winter coat. Nevertheless, the six dancers of Flyaway Productions climbed down the 85-foot wall at Hastings Law College, accomplishing the superhuman feats that define this group’s skill.

During Flyaway Productions' The Right To Be Believed on May 26, at first we see one dancer at a time, descending from above. Each presents the swinging, twisting, somersaulting skills that astonish us watching in safety below. One of the texts that accompanies a dancer concerns conflicts over abortion.

A duet then occurs. At first, it is a lonely poignant event, during which a solo dancer curls and closes in. She is joined by a companion and the energy changes to one of ease and extension. At the finale all six dancers move across the wall in a long line of swinging and releases. The event lasts 30-minutes.

Jo Kreiter, the artistic director of Flyaway conceived this work as a response to various legal and social occasions through which women are “doubted, devalued and dismissed.” The dancers of Flyaway are champions, demonstrating the heroic abilities of women.

The dancers are: Megan Lowe, Bianca Cabrera, MaryStarr Hope, Yayoi Kambara, Sonsherée Giles, and Sonya Smith. Other credits include: Rigging Design by Karl Gillick. The extraordinary lighting is by Matthew Antaky. Projection design, Ian Winters, costume, Jamielyn Duggan, Stage Manager, Pat Mahoney, Production manager Kathy Rose, Music, FR333 feat Astu, and Photojournalism by Lynn Johnson. Bravo to all!

Once again Jo Kreiter and Flyaway Productions has given San Francisco audiences an amazing experience. For 21-years they have danced on walls and stages, inside and out, in out-of-the-way places and close at hand. Kreiter tells me that next year the company will be presented by Cal Performances! Make sure you’re there, even if you need coats, hats and gloves.

Flyaway Productions The Right To Be Believed continues through June 3, 2017.
2 shows a night at 8:30PM and 9:30PM - FREE
flyawayproductions.com
Dancers: Sonya Smith and Bianca Cabrera.

Dancers: Sonya Smith and Bianca Cabrera.

Photo © & courtesy of Austin Forbord


Dancers: MaryStarr Hope & Megan Lowe.

Dancers: MaryStarr Hope & Megan Lowe.

Photo © & courtesy of Austin Forbord


Dancer: Megan Lowe.

Dancer: Megan Lowe.

Photo © & courtesy of Austin Forbord

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