Kicking off the 2014 year with the theme of "Light and Darkness," choreographer Anna Hillengas Troester presents a dance piece in response to 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.
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2 Corinthians 4:16–18
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Anna Hillengas Troester
This passage from 2 Corinthians fascinates me, especially the juxtaposition of the reality that we experience in our daily lives, and the reality that lies beneath those circumstances. For me, the verses present a perpetual tension between the temporal and the eternal, deterioration and regeneration, frustration and hope. That our lives comprise all of these facets simultaneously overwhelms me, but this scripture is also a comfort. It echoes our difficulties, while assuring us of the infallible hope that remains.
"what flickers will yet remains" is a meditation on the fluidity of struggle, rest, stability, change, the everyday and the imagined. The work also explores the collaboration of dance, music and film perspectives. It could not have been made in its present form without the contributions of videographer, musicians and dancers, to whom I am very grateful.
Anna Hillengas Troester was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in the Philadelphia area where she began her dance training with Gwendolyn Bye. She moved to New York City to attend Barnard College, where she earned a B.A. in Urban Studies. She later earned an M.F.A. in Dance at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, where she worked with choreographers Deborah Jowitt, Sean Curran and Cherylyn Lavagnino, as well as creating her own work. As a dancer, Anna has also performed with Errol Grimes Dance Group, Nicholas Andre Dance, Redshift Dance, Lori Belilove & Co., and Mary Seidman and Dancers. As a choreographer, Anna’s work has been presented at DanceNow’s RAW Festival, Amalgamate Artists’ Series, WAXworks Series at Triskelion Arts, and Green Space Blooms, among other venues. Anna is also a Certified Pilates Teacher and Instructor-Trainer (Pilates Academy International), as well as a Certified Yoga Teacher (Mind Body Dancer, Hatha Vinyasa Style). Anna teaches on faculty in the Dance Department of Hofstra University. She explores multi-media collaborations of dance, music and film through her choreographic projects, and she continually strives to bring movement, wellness and the arts to a wider population.