Evening with Einstein's Daughters
Impressions by Sarah
Photos by James
Einstien's Daughters is a dance theatre production by Kim
Epifano of Epiphany Porductions on January 17-26, 2003 at
the Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason in San Francsico, California.
Conceived & Directed by Kim Epifano, Dancers & Musicians-
Sri Louise, Fredrika Keefer, Sally Davis, Kim Epifano, Kate
Regan, Richard Kittle-rigging, many more helped with lighting,
sound, costuming, grant writing, funding, babysitting, etc...
a black stage. A woman enters from oblivion, wild haired,
and playing an accordian. She laughs. Her laughter carries
the weight and release of the entirety of a woman - the
young maiden, the mother, the wise crone.
she speaks through mechanized air, defying gravity with
her heavy words.
was the name of Einstein's first wife. They had a daughter
out of wedlock. Mileva was the name of a gifted mathematician.
She was Einstein's first wife and bore him two sons. Mileva
was a name that was nearly forgotten. She may have been Einstein's
partner in relativity.
Daughter's, a dance performance conceived
and directed by Kim Epifano, firmly asserts that Mileva Einstein's
potential as a mathematician was thwarted by marriage and childbirth.
This was a shockingly relevant portrayal of the struggle of women
to combine the creative with the scientific. Does one aspect take
over as it did for Mileva? Can there be no balance? Do pots and
pans that dance and clang before us mean more than light - than
science - than thought? What choices are left when the mouths at
the table hunger for bread and not for knowledge? If we make one
choice, does that cancel out all other choices? Does an equation
have only one answer?
if we don't like the answer?
child enters in darkness. Runs. The lights creep up to reveal
a girl in flight. Circling like the light. Spiraling in
and down, touching ground, reaching out, taking flight.
scrawls. Planetary distance. Distance. Reflection. Proximity. When
Einstein was far away she loved him dearly. Letters were sent. When
Einstein was close at hand her hair came down. Letters were not
sent. Something in her changed. Her dance became bent on itself.
Light became a sorrowful craving rather than a heavenly dream. Separation.
She is surrounded by the light but cannot touch it. She is in her
dream but not the way she wanted.
what is a dream but spinning cylinder of light? Can't reach the
source. Can't hold the light. But the dream is not the cylinder.
Some of us want more than an empty shell - than a husk of a life.
Perhaps Einstein was the physical embodiment of Mileva's dream.
While he held the light, he also functioned as a way to keep her
away from the light.
stage, Sri Louise danced as Mileva. She was flanked by the
maiden Fredrika Keefer, and the wise Kim Epifano. Einstein's
lost daughters spun baskets of light, danced with pierced
cylinders of light, turned in reflections of light, and stood
full on without hesitation in the strength of their own radiant
last two photos were taken
by Andy Mogg
Sri as featured more resently in the Oakland Tribune after
getting beat up by the Oakland Police Department. Sri along
with others in their "Yoga for Peace" group as a
protest against the war in Iraq were blocking terminals at
the Port of Oakland entrance by doing yoga poses in the gateway.
OPD arrested 50 out of 500 protesters along with injuring
8 protester and 6 longshoreman who were just waiting to go
to work. The OPD had just received flack for not reacting
strongly enough when footbal fans vanadalized local businesses.
Apparently they couldn't make the distinction between looser
Raider fans vandalizing stores and peaceful demonstrators
in yoga poses. The targeted terminals had just signed lucrative
contracts to run the recently captured ports in Iraq.
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