There‘s something, way down deep, that’s eternal about every human being…and that‘s what’s left when memory is gone.
~ Thornton Wilder
Orange City Arts continues the 2019-20 season with The Nature of Forgetting, an explosive, joyous celebration of remembering. The performance will take place in Orange City on Saturday, November 9th, at 7:30 pm at Unity Knight Center.
The Nature of Forgetting links science with real life experiences to explore the dimensions of memory and amnesia. The performance tells the story of Tom, a middle-aged father in the early stages of dementia. As he prepares for a party thrown in honor of his 55th birthday, tangled threads of disappearing memories spark him into life, unravelling as a tale of friendship, regret, and ultimately, love.
Tom’s memories are a life-affirming journey into a weakened mind, where broken does not mean defeated. The story is told through movement of great physicality and compelling live music, with a captivating performance style that allows the audience to explore the true meaning of identity and the human condition.
“This is not only a beautiful show,” says Lindsay Bauer, Orange City Arts Executive Director. “It also speaks to an issue that many families in our community are currently facing.” According to statistics published by the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 1 in 15 Sioux County residents provide care for a loved one with a memory-related illness. And that number is expected to grow as Alzheimer’s and other dementias continue to become increasingly common.
Says Bauer, “It’s important to us to present work that is relevant and uplifting to our audience here in Northwest Iowa. With this event we hope not only to offer an evening of outstanding entertainment, but also an empowering and reaffirming experience for people from a wide cross-section of our population.”
The show is presented by UK-based ensemble Theatre Re, in collaboration with London neuroscientist Kate Jeffery. Established in 2009, Theatre Re is an internationally acclaimed ensemble creating thought-provoking live performances for audiences all over the world.