The Ubiquitous Mass of Us (2014, 2017)

CSA Performance Series
New Hazlett Theater
Pittsburgh, PA
June 14, 2014 (premiere)

The Ubiquitous Mass of Us is an interdisciplinary performance work created over three intensive rehearsal periods throughout 2013-2014. In this escalating journey, with a hint of other worldliness, we question the bounds of our identities and the way we take up space – Who are we as individuals? Who are we together? How far beyond what we conceive of ourselves can we go? What are the myriad ways in which we inhabit space? What are the visible and invisible boundaries we create? How are these questions impacted by and connected to contemporary issues in a larger context? Here, we bare the complexity of our individual and collective identities through a broad range of physicality and newly discovered expressions that explore the liminal zones and hard lines between. 

Created by Maree ReMalia in collaboration with the artists and performers
Performers David Bernabo, Joseph Hall, Taylor Knight, Paul Kruse, Adil Mansoor, Moriah Ella Mason, Maree ReMalia, Jil Stifel, and Anna Thompson
Sound Design David Bernabo
Set Design Blaine Siegel
Costume Stylist Rachel Vallozzi
Lighting Design Katie Jordan
Text Gaston Bachelard, Corydan Ireland, Deborah Jowitt, Nicole Krauss, Starhawk, Elizabeth Streb
Photo Documentation Premiere Renee Rosensteel and Mr. Snap Photo
Photo Documentation Fresh Works Residency Mark Simpson Photography
Photo Documentation Tumblr Paul Kruse
Video Documentation David Bernabo, Louis Cappa, Jeremy Fleischman, Paul Kruse
Teaser Fresh Works Residency David Bernabo & Maree ReMalia
Trailer Premiere Paul Kruse
Trailer PAS Finale David Cherry

Maree ReMalia receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. This project has also been supported in part by The Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative, Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s Fresh Works Residency, and PearlArts Studios Salon Series.

“Engagingly titled The Ubiquitous Mass of Us, this premiere seriously questioned “the bounds of our identities and the way we take up space.” But it was also symbolic of the creative process, where young artists have to learn to extend themselves, breaking down any barriers, both personal and communal, that might exist in producing a work of art. It was obviously a subject near and dear to the hearts of the performing collective, nine strong, including Ms. ReMalia herself, and so representative of the talent and breadth of the Pittsburgh arts scene. Their passion and commitment drove the choreography and the staging, which took full advantage of both trained dancers and movers for whom dance was a second (or third) language.”
Jane Vranish, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Performing Arts Series 
Mahaney Center for the Performing Arts
Middlebury, VT
March 17-18, 2017 (restaged)

Director & Choreographer Maree ReMalia
Created by Maree ReMalia in collaboration with the cast members and collaborators for the 2017 PAS performance and the original cast members from the 2014 premiere which also included Paul Kruse and Adil Mansoor
Performers David Bernabo, Joseph Hall, Taylor Knight, Zac Lounsbury, Moriah Ella Mason, Maree ReMalia, Jil Stifel, Anna Thompson, and Rachel Vallozzi
Set Design Blaine Siegel
Sound Design David Bernabo
Costume Styling
Rachel Vallozzi
Technical Director Jennifer Ponder
Production Team Members of The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 919, Nadani Dixon, Brian Dulanto, Elizabeth Green, Jessica Gutierrez, Daniel Klemonski, Adriana Ortiz-Burnham, Gabbie Santos, and Alex Williamson
Lighting Design Michael Giannitti
Text Excerpts from writing and presentations by Gaston Bachelard, Corydan Ireland, Deborah Jowitt, Nicole Krauss, Starhawk, Elizabeth Streb, and contributions from the performers 
Video Documentation David Cherry, SteVon Felton, and Vladimir Kremenović
Trailer Finale David Cherry
Special thank you Claire Adams, Doug Adams, Dave Allen, Heather Baur, Shannon Bohler, Colin C.Boyd, Megan Brakeley, Chicago Posse Group 5, Christal Brown, Christa Clifford, René Conrad, Allison Coyne, Michaela Davico, Midd Safe, Gabriel Forestieri, Gigi Gatewood, Peter Hamlin, Scotty Hardwig, Isaac Kriley, Krista Miranda, Erica Morrell, Michael J. Morris, Andrew Pester, Jennifer Ponder, Lynn, James, and William ReMalia, Bill Rodgers, Liza Sacheli, Diego Thompson, Trinh Tran, Mira Veikley, Jason Vrooman, Lida Winfield, and the AWESOME cast members & collaborators of The Ubiquitous Mass of Us.

The presentation of The Ubiquitous Mass of Us at Mahaney Center for the Arts is made possible through generous support from the Performing Arts Series, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Movement Matters Residency, Middlebury Dance Program, Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts, Hannaford Career Center, and New Hazlett Theater.