Calling: a dance with faith is a documentary dance theater piece exploring the lives of two Muslim women as they wrestle with their call to dance and their call to faith. Their religious and artistic journeys intersect, as both Muslims and dancers, in this rich and perceptive performance of movement and storytelling. Expanding upon Ping Chong + Company’s traditional interview-based theater process of talking with local individuals, who are not performers, about questions of culture, identity and belonging.
Cast & Creative Team
Directed by Jesca Prudencio Lighting Design by Cecilia Durbin Sound Design & Composition by Fan Zhang Stage Managed by Kristina Varshavskaya Executive Director: Bruce Allardice
Performers Hala Shah & Samar Aafiya
About the Artists
Jesca Prudencio (Director) is a director focused on creating highly physical productions of new plays, musicals, and documentary theater nationally, and internationally. Favorite credits include Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone (San Diego Rep), Will Snider's How To Use a Knife (Mixed Blood), and Ben Fisher’s Mobile Happiness Bazaar (La Jolla Playhouse’s WoW Festival). She holds a BFA from NYU Tisch, and an MFA in Directing from UC San Diego. She is the inaugural recipient of The Julie Taymor World Theater Fellowship, which supported her travels through Thailand, Japan, and the Philippines as she explored traditional and contemporary theater. As Artistic Director of People Of Interest, she develops new theatrical events that address community specific issues, most recently A&Q: a documentary theater piece on the war on drugs (Philippines). Jesca has been a proud company member of Ping Chong + Company since 2008, where she has collaborated on numerous productions and workshops. jescaprudencio.com
Ping Chong + Company creates theatrical works addressing the important cultural and civic issues of our times, striving to reach the widest audiences with the greatest level of artistic innovation and social integrity. The New York City-based company was founded in 1975 by leading theatrical innovator Ping Chong with a mission to create works of theater and art that explore the intersections of race, culture, history, art, media, and technology in the modern world. pingchong.org / @pingchongco on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Cecilia Durbin (Lighting Designer) Recent Designs: Sense & Sensibility, Love Alone (Playmakers Rep); South Pacific (Triad Stage); Sex & Other Disturbances (Portland Stage Co),Disgraced (Portland Stage Co & Hangar Theatre); The Taming of the Shrew (Chautauqua Theatre); Birthday Candles, Marie & Rosetta, Murder Ballad, Sex with Strangers (Detroit Public Theatre); Amy Surratt's First & Last (Show); Don’t Feed the Indians, Hyena (also Edinburgh Fringe, United Solo [Best Lighting]) (La MaMa); In the Blood (Theatre Horizon [Barrymore nomination]); The Little Red Fish (NYC Children’s Theatre/The Puppet Kitchen), A Soldier’s Tale (The Bushwick Starr/The Puppet Kitchen); Stranger from Paradise (Opera Omaha); Camelot, Little Women, All Shook Up, On Golden Pond (New London Barn Playhouse); The Life Model (On the Boards); Circle Mirror Transformation (Univ. Rochester); Numb (Goat in the Road Productions, JACK); Lust (HERE Arts Center); Measure for Measure (Epic Theatre Ensemble); We are Proud to Present…(InterAct Theatre). MFA from NYU; member USA829. durbinlighting.com
Fan Zhang (Sound Designer and Composer) is a film/theatre/ installation sound designer and composer. Her music exists at an artistic crossroads of theatre, film scoring, chamber music, orchestral, electronic, storytelling, ambient, visual arts, and noise. Some of her recent sound design credits include: Redeem (Cincinnatti Ballet), Interstate (New York Musical Festival), Scissoring (INTAR), The Ideal Obituary (The Tank), Speaking As Then (Columbia University), A Footnote In History (New Ohio Theatre), Tania In The Getaway Van (The Flea Theatre), The Mecca's Tale (The Sheen Center), Salesman (Rough Draft Festival), Seven Guitars (Yale Repertory Theatre), Eurydice(Alfred Miller Performing Arts Center), Return On A Snowy Night (National Centre for the Performing Arts of China), New Domestic Architecture (11th Carlotta Festival), etc. She also served as film sound engineer for China Film Group Corporation and Australia-based, award-winning post-production company Soundfirm (20th Century Fox Studios). She holds an MFA in sound design from Yale School of Drama. fanzhangsound.com
Kristina Varshavskaya (Stage Manager) was born in Russia but raised in one of the greatest cities in the world, New York! Kristina earned her B.A.in Theater from Brooklyn College, and is passionate about working with non- profit and education organizations. She is a Company Manager for Ping Chong + Company and has stage managed a number of their productions for the past 10 years. She is currently stage managing a newly developed production of Bad Ass Beauty: The Rock Opera, which will premiere at New York Musical Festival in July 2018. This is her second collaboration with Jesca and she is honored to be working with a group of amazingly talented and powerful women!