Summation Dance Visits Carbondale On Year-Long Road Trip

May 8, 2019

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New York’s Summation Dance is driving cross-country, exploring political divides. They’re in Carbondale this weekend.

Their travels and conversations are the raw material for a performance still in the making.


Summation co-founder and artistic director Sumi Clements became interested in why people believe what they believe in the lead-up to the 2012 election.


The company hit the road a year ago to talk to people all over the U.S. Those conversations inspired choreography for a work-in-progress, called "Project Highway HabitUS." It will incorporate videos and sound-clips from people they spoke with.

Clements says they wanted to give people a place to speak their minds.

"We just wanted to get people talking about what it is that they think, or what it was like for them to grow up in the places they grew up," she said.

People in Carbondale can join Project Highway HabitUS when Summation hosts an all-levels workshop Saturday morning. The company will perform portions of the project at 7:30 p.m.; both events are at the Launchpad.