This weekend, Emma's Revolution, an award-winning duo that combines music and social justice, will be teaming up with Dance Visions, the multi-generational Palo Alto dance company, for a performance called "Resistance | Resilience."
This is the third year that the musicians Pat Humphries and Sandy O will collaborate with choreographer and peace activist Laura Zweig since Zweig, inspired by hearing their music a decade ago, started independently choreographing to their pieces. Eventually, Zweig reached out to Humphries and O, who were more than willing to collaborate.
On the value of the collaboration, Sandy expressed the importance of supporting fellow activists, saying, "People who care about [movements like peace and Black Lives Matter need to be supported."
Like Zweig, both O and Humphries are activists who are inspired by various social-justice issues, including the peace, LGBT, environmental and Black Lives Matter movements. Their music communicates their beliefs, and they appreciate the artistic response that their music generates. O noted how it was moving and inspirational for the dancers to perform their pieces.
"[The dancers are really living into the songs [through their bodies ... Really, I love knowing our music means so much," she said.
When asked about what it was like to collaborate, Humphries was quick to respond.
"It's always exciting to [see how Dance Visions makes visual our songs ... We know we have a particular relationship [to the songs. It's a great surprise to see them performed," she said.
With dancers spanning the ages of 7 to 70 performing modern dance numbers choreographed by Zweig, this really is a multi-generational event, something the duo proudly support.
"Children are invited, everyone's welcome. We like to get the audience involved. It's a collaborative experience," Humphries said.
What: "Resistance | Resilience," a collaborative performance by Dance Visions and Emma's Revolution
When: Friday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m.
Where: Cubberley Community Theater, 400 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Cost: $12 kids; $18 students/low income; $20 adults.