Dancer: Kelsey Forbush and Gabriel Mata in Figures in the Dust Photo by William Roden, New Dawn Studios
Figures in the Dust is a multidisciplinary performance exploring the universal themes from John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer-prize winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Although this novel takes place in California in the 1930’s and describes the issues of the Dust Bowl Era and the Great Depression, it still resonates with the contemporary life. Figures in the Dust looks at the despair over loss of land, the power of community, the necessity for meaningful work, and the human capacity to overcome obstacles, create change and survive. Figures in the Dust is a creative interpretation of this timeless and timely novel.
Sunset Center (Carmel) Stanton Theater (King City) SpectorDance (Marina) Mexican Heritage Plaza (San Jose) National Steinbeck Center (Salinas)
"Spector’s work is intelligent and creative. She is exceptionally successful at blending artistry and scholarship in her work. Often inspired by the landscapes and people of Monterey County, her choreography is beautiful, even as she explores complex issues such as social justice and coming of age in a violent world. Fran’s collaborative work is of the highest caliber.” Colleen Bailey - Former Executive Director of the National Steinbeck Center
2013 Figures in the Dust Brochure - click on photo to download