51802 gets it’s name from the prison inmates whose lives have been replaced by the anonymity of numbers. It reveals how incarceration can imprison the hearts of even the free.
Commissioned by Intersection for the Arts through the Emerging Choreographers Award from the Alexander Gerbode Foundation
Premiere: Intersection for the Arts, SF, 2007
Created by Erika Chong Shuch (director, choreographer, writer)
Created in collaboration with performers:Dwayne Calizo, Jennifer Chien, Tommy Shepherd, Erika Chong Shuch, Danny Wolohan
Original Music, Set and Light design by Allen Willner
Co-Choreographed by Melanie Elms
Presented by Intersection for the Arts
Production Support: Alexander Gerbode Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Arts’ Commission, Zellerbach Family Fund, the Intersection for the Arts’ New Works Fund and Residency Program, workshop performances at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, as well as through residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts and Djerassi Resident Arts Program. 51802 was developed as part of The Prison Project, a yearlong interdisciplinary exploration of the California Prison System at Intersection for the Arts.
With this project, an array of artists working in fields as broad as visual art, theatre, dance, poetry and jazz challenge us to recognize that incarceration is a fundamental part of the fabric of contemporary Californian, and U.S. society.