Cynthia Oliver Co.
 Photo By: Dan Merlo

The Mention of Her Name

Written and Choreographed by Cynthia Oliver
Premiered at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, (Urbana, IL) November 2002
Performers: Leslie Cuyjet, Molly Klaproth, KC Chun, Hallie Bauernschmidt
Music: Jason Finkelman

A trio and sometime a quartet, For the Mention is a moving dance theatre piece that portrays the ebb and flow of a family of women while focusing on its central force “Momma,” matriarch of a tribe. With Oliver’s signature use of text and story, this work moves through the memories of a family with passion and sensitivity. The women in this work tell the story of Momma, their mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, respectively. They recall summers in her care, loves she shared, and a home filled with the sounds of babies being birthed and boarders grateful for the warmth of her home. Moving through time, For the Mention invokes a family’s history in palpable terms. A 12 minute section of the larger evening work AfroSocialiteLifeDiva, it is a non-stop journey through the lives of three, four, or one woman all at once.

 Photo By: Dan Merlo

Photo By: Dan Merlo