Unmoored (Love Letters to New Orleans)

Unmoored - Photo Gallery

Unmoored - Photo Gallery

Heart-wrenching and wryly comic.
— The Washington Post
Contagiously joyful .
— Dance Magazine

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Unmoored (Love Letters to New Orleans) is a full-evening dance/theater/video “live documentary” which addresses and embodies the unfathomable loss and love felt by so many, as well as chronicling the historical, political and personal decisions that are affecting the recovery of individuals and the city itself. All text and video are continually evolving as the work tours from city to city.

Video footage of Unmoored (Love Letters to New Orleans) production at the Kennedy Center, Millenium Stage. (Link opens a new window. Footage begins at 13:50)

Previews  Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, March 10-12, 2006  University of Texas, Austin, TX, March 18, 2006

Premiere  Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA, March 2007

Tour  Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Washington DC, May 18, 2006 + September 16, 2006  Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, February 16+17, 2007  Seven Stages, Atlanta, GA, September 2007   Dance Place, Washington, DC, October 2007

Funding for the creation and tours of the work has been provided by  The National Endowment for the Arts  The New York  State Council on the Arts  The National College Choreography Initiative  Tulane University   The National Performance Network  The American College Dance Festival Association

Audience Responses


“Six months of watching the news didn’t come close to showing me what you did in one incredible hour onstage. Now — I get it!”
        - Austin Shirley, graduate student at University of Texas

You have woven all elements together to such a beautiful piece of art, and I am hoping that you will be able to tour not just the United States, but the world with it.” 
        - Christine Washington, Cultural Attaché, Swiss Embassy, Washington, DC

I was moved to tears by the piece and I feel it is an elegant and important effort using artistic practice to reclaim the devastated soul of New Orleans.” 
        - Ray Eliot Schwartz, dancer, choreographer, somatic movement educator, and arts activist
I don’t know when I have been so moved and so touched by a performance.” 
        - J. Jacobson, South Central Regional Representative, American College Dance Festival
My 9-year old is still very distraught over the experience of the hurricane. Please come back to our schools with your piece - we need it.” 
        - Audience member, New Orleans
I just wanted to let you know that I was very moved by your work last Sat evening.  So moved, in fact, that I am planning a trip to New Orleans this August to volunteer my services as a Registered Nurse at a free clinic.”
- Wendy Westerman, Tivoli, NY