Mook Dance; The Universal Self
Mook Dance Company || The Universal Self
Winnie Berger; Artistic Director & Choreographer
Saturday. June 10th, 2017. 2 PM | The Hudson Guild Theatre
Tickets: $25. General Admission
THE SERIES 2017 presents The Universal Self on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 at 2 PM. Performed by Mook Dance Company, this work reflects upon how a person comes to believe in God. In this cynical age it is too easy to glorify the loss of faith, which is what makes Winnie Berger’s work all the more compelling. This is the deeply personal story of woman who discovers faith in a world that seems to lack God; this is a story about finding connection and love to something greater than ourselves. The Universal Self will be performed as part of a Split Bill concert with Depth Dance at The Hudson Guild Theatre.
The Universal Self takes a nuanced look at a group of people and all of their beautiful complications: through Ms. Berger’s eyes the immaturity that comes from closed-mindedness is given the time and space to peel back, and to reveal the fear and hopes that drive us all. Piercing the ignorance, this faith affirming work illustrates one woman’s journey towards connecting to the world around her.
The dancers of Mook Dance Company include: Winnie Berger, Debra Bona, Julia Horner, Jackie McCreavy, Ellen Mihalick, Natalie Pearson, Sarah Roberts, Rachel Secrest
Artistic Director & Choreographer
Winnie Berger began her dance training in Tucson, Arizona, under the direction of Mary-Beth Cabana. She graduated from Fordham University and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s BFA program in 2014, with a dual degree in Dance and Theology. Although continuing to perform with Exit 12 Dance Company and other freelance projects, Winnie came to the realization that it was time to create a dance company. For her Senior Thesis, she created a 30-minute work dedicated to her sister, Violet, who was diagnosed with Autism in 2013. Since the premiere of “Inside Chunks’ Head”, Winnie has found support and acclaim for tackling issues that too often fall by the wayside. She has things to say and feelings to express, and sometimes dance is the only honest way of doing so.