Inspired by the tragic history of witch-hunts and trials, The Summoning is a dance performance piece that follows a coven’s struggle to hold on to what they believe in a world set against them. After four women come into contact with a goddess, their lives are forever changed. A fear of sorcery and the occult plagued 15th to 18th century Western society and resulted in the suffering and persecution of many women, a tragedy that is often overlooked. Although inspired by the events surrounding these witchcraft trials, The Summoning is a fictionalized, surreal depiction of some of the true horrors of this period. Choreographed, taught, developed and put into production within a six-week period in the fall of 2014 and with a budget of $300, this story is told through original, focused choreography via the talent and technique of nine dancers. Filmed at Binghamton University’s Gruber Theatre over a three-day period, this video represents an excerpt of the 30-minute final work. This production was created in the hopes that its stance against persecutions of the past will resonate in our current social climate.
Lane, N. (2015). Selections from the Summoning. Alpenglow: Binghamton University Undergraduate Journal of Research and Creative Activity, 1(1). Retrieved from https://orb.binghamton.edu/alpenglowjournal/vol1/iss1/5