Heart Shadow







Heart of the Matter  Slideshow

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Heart of the Matter is an evening length work performed by Prometheus Dance, choreographed by Diane Arvanites and Tommy Neblett. Using eclectic electronic music and projected video, the work unravels layers of personal history to re-write individual stories. Aiming to return to the source of inherent inclination, Heart of the Mattter is a tour-de-force performance which examines personal interactions, self-imposed conflict, and interference, revealing the interconnectedness of us all.



Created in 2012

Presented by WorldMusic/CrashArts 2013

Presented by Outside The Box Festival 2013

Presented by Bates Dance Festival 2014


This work comments on specific gender relationships, although the personal pursuit of freedom is the main directive. The subject of Heart of the Matter ideals with conflict and  resolution. The conflict of relationships that interfere with free will and choice, often self-imposed, evolve towards a singularity of being. Heart of the Matter asks the question how do I take what serves me from this experience and how do I leave off what does not. The work embodies the darkness and lightness of the soul and how differently one soul responds to another. To enhance these ideas the work has video projections  corresponding the evolution of the energetic and musical influences of the piece. The dance is sequenced in such a way that the audience is asked to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.

Movement Collaborators: Dancers of Prometheus Dance

Original Music: Miguel Noya and Adam Noya

Video: Adam Noya and Callie Chapman Korn

Costume Design: Penny Pinette

Lighting Design: Linda O’Brien

Stage Manager: Jayne Murphy











Heart women (lo-res)







Designing Heart of the Matter (Article) 








Bates Dace Festival (Interview) 




2014-2016  Collaborative Project with Robert and Shana ParkHarrison



Project I.I.I.

Influence– the effect on something, the power to sway or affect something

Impact – the force of collision, having strong effect on something or someone

Imprint – having a lasting effect, mark something, make an idea or image permanent



Arvanites and Neblett create work that reaches through concrete experience into the labyrinth of the collective conscience mind through movement.  Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison construct fantasies in the guise of environmental performances for the protagonists of their images.

For this collaboration, Prometheus Dance and the ParkHarrisons will merge ideas and efforts through residencies over a period of time to complete an evening length piece. The ParkeHarrisons combine elaborate sets within landscapes to address issues surrounding man’s relationship to the earth and technology while additionally delving into the human condition. Their work taps into the collective conscious mind through visceral visual image. The company will act as the protagonists as well as movement collaborators and the directors will create movement sequences within the constructed fantasy of particular  environments.


As Artists we feel that we generate work  from a similar platform of concerns and that our work is compatible. Our ultimate goal is to create a piece founded in depth and beauty, and by beauty we do not wish to convey what is accepted as conventional beauty. It is our belief that beauty is a relative factor in life and in art and that by asking questions aimed at uncovering the depth of the human spirit and condition we might reveal some kind of truth about who we are which can then lead to eventual understanding.

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