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deadbird (dir. devynn emory)

conceptualized by devynn emory, a choreographer, dancer, bodyworker, teacher, healer and registered nurse who worked in acute medicine, then COVID, and currently integrative medicine, deadbird is a grief space and a
balm to reimagine end-of-life care. it is a dance-film, an altar honoring alone/togetherness, and a national archive to hold our memories of lovedones passed. deadbird the film centers a cyclical duet between devynn
and a medical mannequin in an object/abject relations reflection while simultaneously reflecting on near-death, the afterlife, and loss in a global pandemic. part commentary of creating a bridge between medical care
and ceremony, the film invites an audience to process towards an altar, to honor characters in the film, and members of their own community. the altar, can anybody help me hold this body, will be available to visit in
Syracuse during this residency, and you are invited to bring an offering to place on the altar. “our grief can be holy if we let it.” -devynn.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with devynn emory in conversation with Colgate and SUNY Upstate faculty.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Theater, CORE 152, the Upstate Nursing Alumni Association Whitney Lectureship Endowment, the Upstate Medical University College of Nursing, and the Consortium for Culture and Medicine (SUNY Upstate/Syracuse University).

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