This story was originally published by Bainbridge Island Review on September 9
Dance may well be the only true universal language.
Think about, the Macarena is done the same whether you understand all the lyrics or not. Line dancing needs no words, just the occasional yee-haw. The chicken dance is a ubiquitous cringe-worthy right of passage.
The melding of movement and music for the purposes of communication, celebration and ceremony is an inherent aspect of human culture throughout vastly divergent regions and societies around the planet, and has been since time immemorial.
Tapping into that shared experience, Alex Ung has created a show that utilizes dance to tell a story that crosses cultures as well as physical, political and psychological borders.