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Photos by Scott Lipiec

In this physical dance-theater performance, Becoming Baira, offers a portal into an intimate journey of Shaina and Bryan at the genesis of a lifelong partnership. Through lushly organic and gravity-grappling movement, an abstract narrative unfolds of the duo's mutual questioning of individual and shared memories, histories, and tendencies as they tease out what is inherited and what is developed patterning. Extreme trust and vulnerability bring the two through a highly calculated maze of partnership inside a rigorous world of action and revelation.

Photos by Effy Grey

This program was supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Becoming Baira was developed as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Program. This work was reset through the artists-in-residency program at the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance. 

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