“OtherWise” is a deep, embodied exploration of how movement and sound provide the tools for investigating ethical questions about social responsibility, cultural competence, and ethics of care. A work-in-progress, it is a collaboration between first-generation artists Alec Hutson, Daniel Kurganov, and myself. The piece is inspired by our shared experiences growing up as bilingual, bicultural humans in refugee families. Drawing on themes of relating and othering, I have invited dancers Jessi Stegall, Kelsey Berry, Melissa Shermann-Bennett, and Emily Jerant-Hendrickson to respond to the text of Soviet bard, Bulat Okudzhava.
Through our work together, we have found that the process of collaborating across the genres of music and dance allows for critical investigation about physical embodiments of ethical dimensions such as trust, empathy, respect, and care. With the support of community partners, including the Jewish Arts Collaborative, Boston's Temple Israel, and Boston's Russian-Jewish Moishe House, we aim to play with presentation formats, offering opportunities for the public to engage through open rehearsals, immersive workshops, and informal showings.