loneliness and the feeling of being unloved” Mother Teresa
“Mi Firma”, translated, my signature, is a multi-media dance piece choreographed by Emily May and dancers. The inception of this project is rooted in May’s experience at Hogar Infantil Orphanage located in Texcoco, Mexico. When May was 18 years old she lived there for seven months while her parents went through the adoption process of her brother Julio. Falling in love with the culture, Madres and children at the orphanage, May returned as often as she could while finishing her high school and college education. In 2015 May decided to use her gift in dance to support the development of children at the orphanage and founded the Orphanage Dance Project (ODP).
I accompanied May on her first trip to Mexico with ODP. Together we participated in the everyday life happenings of the children and youth at Hogar and when we could taught dance and art classes. We even choregraphed a few quinceaneras. When we returned to AZ, stories shared and our experience were used to choregraph “Mi Firma”. The end results was an evening length piece on culture, family, and name.
May continues to go to Mexico every year with a different group of dancers and artist to Hogar with a goal of building a year round arts program within the orphanage.