Public Displays of Motion is a company of collaborators that uses movement to illuminate the extraordinary in the everyday. For nearly the last year, we have been living within a uniquely dynamic point of history where we are experiencing everyday actions as intensely extraordinary - more so than most of us have ever experienced before or will again.
Postcards From the Front is a means to mark this shared time in all our histories, an exercise in storytelling, memory-keeping, embodied empathy and understanding. The video series pairs the recorded experiences of those on the shifting front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic with the movement responses of PDM collaborators. These video “postcards” were created over a span of six months, using the words of invited guests - medical workers, teachers, bartenders - each offering a postcard's worth of thoughts on what they need and want to hold onto from this time. Dance-makers from PDM and from Boston's dance scene offered a postcard's worth of movement: studies in kitchens, backyards, lakes, hallways, and more… spaces that have quickly become places of isolation and/or desolation. Lindsay Caddle LaPointe exquisitely crafts as she edits these short video dances, and each contributor fills the screen like a poet.
The short performances have built bridges of togetherness from home to home, while creating a time-capsule of what will be our shared history. Presented first through social media, and now as a collaborative single online exhibit, Postcards From the Front is also available as a series of printed postcards - tactile, illuminating memorabilia.
A picture says a thousand words, and a postcard contains just a few. Combined, these digital, moving postcards, and their printed sets, honor humanity’s grief, fears and frustrations simultaneously with simple joys of the moment and hope as we shift forward and move beyond.
Episodes aired on Facebook and IGTV twice weekly between January 26 and March 19, and remain available to view on each platform. The complete exhibit is now live on our website as well! Postcard sets are available for order with a donation of $50 or more.
Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion (PDM) is under the fiscal sponsorship of The Dance Complex. Tax deductible donations can be made through The Dance Complex's website. Follow this link, and select Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion when making your donation.