Introduction to the EDISA! Project
When I met Edisa Weeks, in the early stages of what was to become Rhythm From Within, I was immediately drawn to her enthusiasm, empathy, and sheer talent. Looking back over our sessions in 2000, I realized that there were many more images to share, images that reach deeply into the human spirit. I've just finished printing this portfolio. Let me introduce Edisa to you in images, and let me introduce Edisa in her own words:
As a choreographer I am essentially a storyteller. I am curious about what makes people laugh and cry. What triggers a person to reject a child? What incites a desire to turn into an obsession?
I am also drawn to dream worlds where anything can happen. Dream landscapes intrigue me because they eclipse logic and language and can have multiple meanings. The images of dreams reveal to us the center of our beings, which is what I feel is the responsibility of art. I am interested in making our deepest desires and our darkest fears tangible, so that we can process and perhaps understand them.
Edisa Weeks is the director and choreographer for DELIRIOUS Dances, which merges theater with dance to explore the beauty and complexity of life. Her work has been performed in a variety of venues including swimming pools, storefront windows, senior centers and various living rooms, as well as at Chashama Theater, Emory University, Jacob's Pillow, Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum, The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, The National Black Arts Festival, and Summerstages Dance Festival, among others. DELIRIOUS recently performed in living rooms in Berlin, Germany, as part of Haus der Kulturen der Welts 50th anniversary celebration. Weeks teaches at Princeton University and is an artist in residence at Tribeca Performing Arts Center.