THE HISTORY BEHIND THE SUITCASES
Hit The Ground Running Dance Theatre Company presents Suitcases. Working in collaboration with Jon Crispin, a Massachusetts based photographer, this performance is inspired by his exhibition, ‘The Willard Suitcases’. Jon has worked on his exhibition for more than 10 years and his knowledge of the Willard Institute and the Suitcases will be invaluable to this performance.
In 1995, The Willard Asylum, New York, closed its doors after a century of treating those deemed unfit for civilised society. Discovered in an attic, the suitcases of 427 Willard patients were found. Beautifully preserved epitaphs to a few of those who lived and died at the Willard asylum and a poignant remembrance of the lives they left outside. Drawing inspiration from four of the suitcases found, Hit The Ground Running’s new theatrical performance is a moving exploration of the people behind the suitcases and plays homage to innocent lives lived and lost to madness.
Supported by Dance City and funded by Arts Council England, Suitcases premiered online at Dance City.
Suitcases is the second part of the ground breaking Hit The Ground Running’s Trilogy. Brought to life through unforgettable visual storytelling, expect to feel moved by this tragic true story of lives lived and forgotten until now…