Mary Luft & Company, Kiss Your Mamma Good-by

New Music America Festival

When choreographer Mary Luft and composer Joseph Celli planned New Music America’s tenth annual festival in Miami, one of their goals was to create a festival suited to the environment of its host city. Among the many site-specific installations commissioned for the festival was Kiss Your Mamma Good-by, a performance piece designed by Luft for commuters traveling Miami’s Metrorail and Metromover systems. For five working days, Luft’s dance company performed on the rail cars and in the stations, using text and movement to explore themes of departure and arrival, of moving and being transplanted. Texts were drawn from material gathered throughout the previous year from members of the Miami community and woven together by Luft, with aural elements supplied by composer Brian Johnson.

The program included individual readings on the morning Metrorail, noontime group readings at a central station,

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