San Diego CityBeat: Remember these women

Art Produce and Eveoke Dance Theatre want you to remember these women

The upcoming 'Reflections' performance is one-part interactive art installation and one-part narrative dance
Art Produce, the gallery, garden and community space at 3139 University Ave. in North Park, won the Sustainability prize at last year’s Orchids & Onions awards show held by the San Diego Architectural Foundation. It’s an interesting spot and has hosted more than its fair share of experimental-arts, activist and environmental events. For the upcoming “Reflections” performances, a large workshop in the back of Art Produce has been transformed into a multilevel, interactive art installation and stage complete with moving parts, running water and live-feed video.

“I do need to say that this has been its most transformative engagement so far,” said Art Produce owner Lynn Susholtz, who works as a public artist through her design studio, Stone Paper Scissors, and uses the workshop for fabrication. “It took me awhile to let go of my space and allow myself to see that this could happen.”

Ericka Aisha Moore, resident choreographer at Eveoke Dance Theatre, approached Susholtz last year with an idea for a site-specific narrative performance. Moore wanted to choreograph a piece based on six little-known women, including Rachel Corrie, a 25-year-old American who was killed by a bulldozer in 2003 while protesting for the rights of a Palestinian family, and Henrietta Lacks, a poor, black woman whose cancer cells were taken without her knowledge before her death in 1951 and are still used in medical studies today. Moore saw the workshop’s potential to act as a stage separated into six sections that could be brought to life through installation art by Susholtz and artist Araceli Carrera.

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