Along Fault Lines
Fault lines are the cracks on a rock’s surface that trace where two chunks of rock have been compressed together and, through tension and force, have caused displacement. These lines are the scars in the rock that display the fractures of past tension when two seemingly immovable parts of our Earth met and, eventually, broke.
2020 was a year that saw a lot of tension in the United States. All across the country, deeply held beliefs, ideologies, and convictions were met with tension that not every person’s reality is the same in our society. Not everyone views our world the same, sees injustice in the same places, or responds to crisis equally. Throughout the year, many people found themselves in situations calling for peace from others while recognizing that peace and reconciliation are not always achieved...peacefully.
Along Fault Lines explores these tensions. In the midst of a global pandemic, for a generation that has never not been at war, in the wake of the murder of George Floyd is violence warranted in the defense of the lives we hold dear? Can one group really be peaceful while another takes advantage of that peace? Is peace worth fighting for? Can we ever really achieve a world that doesn’t know violence? If we break ourselves trying to maintain peace, was it even worth it?
Along Fault Lines was commissioned and premiered by Jillian Storey.