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May 14, 2019
Last month, choreographer Ann Carlson brought The Symphonic Body/Food to Wex audiences, but before that, she had worked behind the scenes with Columbus collaborators for weeks. Locals with various connections to the food chain provided fuel for her "symphony of gestures" with their everyday movements. Before each performance of the work at the Wex, a short film was screened to colorfully illustrate how the process worked and to highlight the grace and sense of grounding that can exist in unexamined, everyday tasks. Symphonic Stories: Food was produced by the Wex Film/Video Studio and directed by studio editor Alexis McCrimmon. It features collaborators including former Wex staffer-turned-urban farmer Mark van Fleet, former OSU gymnast-turned-style writer and sports journalist Paris McGee, author and Charles Nabrit Community Garden organizer Paula Penn-Nabrit, and avid turkey hunter Angela Latham. We're excited to share it with you here.
Lead image: Former Ohio State gymnast and style writer Paris McGee in a scene from Symphonic Stories: Food.
Ann Carlson’s Wexner Center residency and The Symphonic Body/Food are made possible by a grant from The Ohio State University’s Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT), a Discovery Themes program. Generous support is provided by Cardinal Health.
MAJOR SEASON SUPPORT FOR PERFORMING ARTS
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Ohio State’s Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT)
The Blackwell Inn
SUPPORT FOR ARTS ACCESS AT THE WEXNER CENTER
Cardinal Health Foundation
GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation