“Together, I lost myself with you.”
This idea, that it is possible to lose oneself both within and without another person, is the foundation for Synergia Dance Project, a new collaborative dance company based in Troy, NY. The concept of loss – loss of love, of faith, of self – is one that is often explored through all mediums of art. Singers sing about it, writers write about it, painters paint about it; without loss, and, to a greater extent, the overcoming of loss, some of the most powerful pieces of art we hold so dear would cease to exist. Combining the abstraction of dance with the raw power of live music and stunning multimedia visuals, Synergia offers its viewers the opportunity to experience and explore loss in a new, completely unique way.
Synergia Dance Project was founded in 2019 by Nadine Medina, owner and founder of Troy Dance Factory in Troy, NY. The inspiration behind the project, the first season of which will be centered around the above quote (“Together, I lost myself with you.”), came to Medina after the dissolution of a long-term relationship, an experience that inspired her to delve into the work that must be done after you’ve lost a sense of who you truly are before a sense of self can be regained.
Medina, a familiar and influential figure in the Troy art and dance scene, approached the ever-growing collective of Capital Region artists to establish a collaborative partnership, combining the talents of local musicians, dancers, and filmmakers to create Synergia. The show as Medina first imagined it has blossomed through her partnerships with local bands Dark Honey, Girl Blue, and The Sea The Sea; a group of core dancers from Troy Dance Factory; and with Chromoscope Pictures, a Troy-based film company. Together, this collaboration makes up “Dark Blue Sea,” a three-act narrative dance performance, featuring live music performed by the three bands, as well as multimedia elements filmed and directed by Chromoscope Pictures.
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