Lionel Popkin - Pittsburgh Premiere

In "Ruth Doesn't Live Here Anymore" the choreographer examines cultural representation and transmission. Loosely inspired by the career of Ruth St. Denis (1879 - 1968), who revolutionized the concert dance world, the piece serves as a way for Popkin, who is half Jewish and half Indian, to wrestle with his own uncertainties and awkwardness with representations of South Asia by using dance as a metaphor for the way we try to order our messy pasts. The work features an original score by Guy Klucevsek for accordion and violin.