Current Creative Processes

"Onion Dances" at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2017!

Come and see Talia's continued work on "Onion Dances" on September 22 (at 7PM), 23 (at 4PM and 7PM) and 24 (at 4PM and 7PM) at the Community Education Center (CEC) in West Philly. Tickets are $15. Keep your eyes peeled for more information as the show approaches. 

Talia is always looking for performance opportunities! If you are interested in having excerpts or the entirety of  "Onion Dances" in a festival or show, email Talia at tmasondance@gmail.com.

Click here to see video footage of "Onion Dances" from SoLowFest 2016.

To read Gregory King's review of "Onion Dances," click here

Come and see the latest excerpt of "Onion Dances" at Fringe Arts' March Scratch Night (March 6, 2017) . For more information, click here

"Onion Dances"

Uncooked, eager, inquisitive, "Onion Dances" is an evening-length autobiographical solo created by Talia Mason.  With Mira Treatman's help as dramaturg, we are currently exploring the process of chopping onions to unsurface memories; we are physically digging into the labor, effort, work and the universality of onions by chopping bags of onions.  Talia is interested in the idea of an inherited past. "Onion Dances" is about unveiling layers, digging deeper, and finding visceral, full-bodied movement and full-bodied feelings.  In the solo, Talia explores her Jewish American roots as a 7th generation American Jew.  As a Jew distinctly removed from the Holocaust but feeling a certain inherited trauma as a Jewish American, Talia is drawn to the idea of never understanding but wanting to understand.  Rebecca Rossen's "Dancing Jewish" will serve as one of the research components to the creative process.  In "Onion Dances", Talia plays, dances, sings, talks, cooks, and might even dye clothes on stage with different colored onions. 

Nostalgia, or collective memory, is not the recollection of past events but rather the physical act of recreating those events in the present. Going backwards is the same as going forward, because both history and the future retrace the same old paths.
— Rebecca Rossen, "Dancing Jewish"