Solo:Alone

Solo:Alone

We are born alone and we die alone. Everyone has a unique experience of traveling through this life; no two are the same. In the peace and calm of our own home, we are free to dance in the kitchen while the music is blasting, or quietly read a book on the sofa. Out in urban life when things get hectic around us, we may put on our “urban armor” of headphones and sunglasses to keep out the world. Even when we share time with people we know everyone remembers different details or interprets events one way or another. How much can we really connect to the people in our lives? Others can empathize based on their own histories, but they can never truly experience our individual perspectives. The Riley Project presents Solo:Alone, a mixed-media performance piece performed by Leigh Riley, combining video and live performance that depicts this aloneness of daily life, from times spent in literal solitude, to isolation in a public arena, and finally culminating to being alone with one’s self. It challenges the audience members to take on someone else’s point of view and really see what the performer sees both in life and in dance. Solo:Alone is both a meditation on solitude and an opportunity for the audience step into someone else’s shoes.