We Were Fridays is a genre-shifting collaboration. This project features renowned cellist Jeffrey Zeigler collaborating with famed Tokyo based Butoh master Dai Matsuoka, of Sankai Juku, and is directed by Jessica Grindstaff of Phantom Limb Company. Cultures meld as musical improvisations meet movement and oral tradition, exploring a need to trace the fractured lines of a complex legacy.
Everything that we need to unlock our past already exists within us. A cellular memory, an intergenerational trauma. We Were Fridays is a story of restlessness, identity, forbidden love, and reconciliation in which the past speaks through an unraveling of threads from Japan to the Deep South to Philadelphia and New York. This work-in-progress will explore identities inherited, invented and embodied.