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SBYA DANCE 2022 – Kristi-Leigh Gresser

Purgatory- “a working title” noun 1. (in Catholic doctrine) a place or state of suffering inhabited by the souls of sinners who are expiating their sins before going to heaven. “all her sins were forgiven and she would not need to go to Purgatory” In a time when uncertainty rules, a country somewhere…nowhere finds itself in a place it has never been before, a state of confusion of nothingness…a sole voice persists every so often…not moving beyond the now and the nothingness. A wail pricks the thick air into the nothingness or a state of mind/self/state…of being like, like Purgatory… Inspired by the Samuel Beckett classic Waiting for Godot, “Purgatory” is a take on the state of the country where after almost three decades of a democratic dispensation, the country still feels like its trapped in the in-between. Exploring the myths and ideologies through movement and original song (wailing) Purgatory is an interrogation of societal imbalances and the gaping inequalities experienced by different classes of society. Purgatory, seeks to begin a conversation that explores the waiting for a better life, a better society and a better country for the majority of the country’s population.