Dance Theater Workshop Partnership | January 16 – 29, 2011
The Making of Americans
While at MANCC, Juliette Mapp worked to utilize the richly layered tales of her personal and family histories to create a powerful and intimate new work, The Making of Americans, inspired by her mother’s family, Albanian immigrants who settled in Gary, Indiana after the Second World War to work in America’s largest steel mill. All five of Mapp’s maternal aunts and uncles worked and lived together for their entire lives. Mapp and her collaborators created this dance about Gary, Indiana, about Albania, about the vanishing dignity of the American worker.
This partnership project was supported in part by the National Endowment of the Arts.
The Making of Americans premiered at Dance Theater Workshop April 13-16th, 2011.