hymn + them
hymn+them is a multimedia reflection of Dorothy's famous journey to OZ, using the iconic heroine as a lens to investigate the identity of today’s American woman: her desire to escape, her desire to belong, her desire for more than what’s presented to her.
Herself born and raised in Kansas, choreographer Leslie Scott is familiar with Oz-ian tropes and uses Wizard of Oz, Dorothy, and Judy Garland herself to investigate romanticized idealism manifested from media and pop culture.
Immediately pulling us into Oz, the audience is individually escorted into a space covered in astroturf and littered with poppies. Lit by peppered house lamps, it’s a contained collision of living room nostalgia and surreal dreamlands.
Part autobiography, part fantasy, Scott’s movement collages both rearrange reality and deconstruct nostalgia, to not only reflect Dorothy’s identity as a Midwestern woman, but also find contrast and similarities to identities elsewhere.