Interview with Rebecca Bryant, Choreographic Fellow at KU’s Department of Theatre & Dance

I think some people have said before
like “oh this is your gun control piece” and I say “I really think it’s more
about gun culture. I don’t know if it has a message.” In the Department of Theatre & Dance there’s
actually an open choreography call so I applied to teach and set this work on
the students here, this particular piece, and I believe they have a lot of
different people who apply for that, even internationally. And so then when it
comes to me making dances, it’s one of the reasons why I like combining
different languages and different media together because I feel like I usually
get to a place where somebody cannot know about dance but they can ride
along with me and understand the societal phenomenon that I’m pointing to
because most of my pieces have really direct real-world applications of, like,
what are we talking about, and in this case with ASKQUESTIONSLATER, we’re
talking about gun culture and the fact that we as a country have a really
complicated relationship with guns and when we look to other countries and we
say “why don’t these other countries have the same issues or problems with guns
that we do” it’s, I think, it’s because our relationship is really, really different
and it’s not straight for it at all. ASKQUESTIONSLATER, kind of all
smooshed together as one word, is like the name of the series and then this one that I’m showing here is two of countless in our scenarios. So,
scenario one is love. Scenario two is fear, and then I have a list of other
scenarios and I’m hoping to to play with at some point. One of them is feminism. And I think what audiences can expect to
see is something that unfolds in front of them that is maybe like a puzzle and
there will be pieces and bits of information and clues that will kind of
come together. Because it’s maybe a serious subject matter you may
not be expecting for there to be moments of lightness, but there definitely are.
And yeah, I think I would even go so far as to say that there are some moments
that are funny. Audiences usually laugh at a particular
point and whether they continue laughing is sort of like one of the places that I
try to put the audience member in, like “oh something that’s funny” and then kind
of looking at like “why is that funny” and then “is that funny?” My aim is always to help us understand
what our assumptions are as individuals and collectively and so I would hope
that audiences leaving start to notice like “oh how do I feel
about this? What what am I assuming in the way that I’m moving through
the world?”

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