Stories From Home was originally scheduled to premiere on stage and in person on Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage September 2020; this engagement has been postponed and will be rescheduled.
Facing the realities of COVID-19 and its impact on the performing arts industry, along with postponed performances and residencies, Montoya evolved the presentation of the work.
She also identified ideological parallels with her 2016 piece Motherhood and the Performing Arts, a solo work that explored the joys and challenges of parenthood and a performing arts career, as her work as an artist was suddenly combined with new responsibilities as a home school educator. These ideas and circumstances were the catalyst for Stories From Home: COVID-19 Addendum.
The Stories From Home: COVID-19 Addendum series is an evolution of and supplement to the full-length Stories From Home work, integrating new choreography and ideas.
This online series presentation is divided among two acts.
The first act encompasses five dance films, performed by Montoya and her son Buddy, that reflect upon the challenges of homeschooling and parenting while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The second act features the cast of Stories From Home in five dance films that feature the dancers’ stories from home during the time of COVID-19.
Art After Dark
Children's Museum Tucson | 2022
The Children's Museum in Tucson presented Act 1 of the Stories from Home: COVID-19 Addendum as a part of Art After Dark in January 2022. In addition to the screening of the six dance films, Yvonne and her son Buddy co-led a multigenerational creative movement class for children and their caregivers. There was also a short performance of Stories from Home choreography by dancer Steve Rosales.
BUILD Forward: Advocacy, Artistry, Adaptability
FoolsFURY Theater Company | 2021
FoolsFURY Theater Company presented its national convening of ensemble theater makers digitally on October 2021 titled, "BUILD Forward: Advocacy, Artistry, Adaptability." The dance film Postcards was shared from the Stories from Home: COVID-19 Addendum.
ASU Gammage | 2021
ASU Gammage presented four films from the Stories from Home: COVID-19 Addendum on April 6, 2021. The Digital Connections performance featured work by dance artists Yvonne Montoya, Steve Rosales, Ruby Morales and Emigdio Arredondo- Martínez.
Arizona Drive-in Dance Film Festival
Methods of Madness Dance Theatre | 2021
Walking, an excerpt of Stories from Home: COVID-19 Addendum was presented at the inaugural Arizona Drive-In Dance Film Festival and produced by Methods of Madness Dance Theatre. The Drive-in and livestream showing were held in February 2021 at The Graduate Hotel in Tempe.
Walking was awarded the Arizona Creative Excellence Award at the 2021 Film Festival!
Thank you Arizona Drive-in Dance Film Festival with Methods of Madness Dance Theatre for presenting this event! Dance enthusiasts, film lovers and drive-in movie day dreamers came together for an evening of choreography for camera and community gathering through the comfort of their own cars. The Arizona Drive-in Dance Film Festival received submissions from all over the state. I was excited to share work along with so many fabulous Arizona dance artists.
Keshet Dance and Center for the Arts | 2021
Walking, an excerpt of Stories from Home: COVID-19 Addendum was presented at the virtual version of Keshet’s annual Choreographers' Showcase on February 20, 2021.
This is the first time that Yvonne’s work was digitally presented in her home town of Albuquerque, NM!
Walking was presented along with a collection of dance works by choreographic voices from throughout the country.
BUILD from Here: The Future of Ensemble Theater
FoolsFURY Theater Company | 2020
FoolsFURY Theater Company presented its national convening of ensemble theater makers digitally on September 12, 2020 titled, "BUILD from Here: The Future of Ensemble Theater." Before the pandemic, an excerpt of Stories from Home was set to be presented at the festival in San Francisco. Due to COVID-19, the performance was pivoted, and the dance film Walking was shared from the Stories from Home: COVID-19 Addendum.
STORIES FROM HOME: COVID-19 ADDENDUM
Available for Online Programming
Yvonne Montoya covered with marker drawings while holding an expo marker to her skin, sitting in front of her son’s school schedule written on a whiteboard.