“I have two objectives with PMB – one is to reveal the desperation of the situation and reveal the complications and road blocks to over coming the predicament. This will manifest in the dancers tone of movement and the subjects they portray.” -Daniel Wilkins, Artistic Director
Poor Man's Boogie (2007)
DASS dance's sixth premiere, Poor Man’s Boogie was a multimedia experience that integrated an eclectic and explosive dance style, raw images, cutting-edge music, original film elements, and personal testimonials to give voice to the 37 million people in the US living in poverty today. Confined within a culture of hunger, powerlessness, and violence, the subjugation and under-representation of the poor was revealed as an overwhelming road block to personal health and success. Daniel Wilkins, choreographer/director, explained that "the inspiration for the work derived from the present tense-the sense of the street today. What are the struggles right now? I had also collected data from Social Services and other front line organization that offer guild lines and income figures of this under represented group using boundless creativity to express themselves against all lack of support and encouragement."