Ceiling In The Floor
Presented by Lineage Performing Arts Center
Choreography by Lineage Artistic Director Hilary Thomas
Music and lyrics by Brandon Toh
Directed by Marisa Echeverria
Ceiling In The Floor is a dance-theater piece that explores the true story of a friendship bound up in art, music and mental illness. Through journal entries, songs, dances, letters and a manual for suicide risk assessment, we learn about Hilary and Brandon’s devoted friendship, their mutual love of music, and their struggles to grow together and apart as they balance the pressures of college, life, and Brandon’s increasingly apparent manic depression.
Years ago, two students at Pasadena’s Polytechnic School met and became best friends through their love of music and art. A decade later, mental health issues have pulled their friendship apart. Part dance, part monologue, part live music, Ceiling In The Floor is the deeply personal true story of two local Pasadena artists who went from inseparable to non-speaking as the result of a quiet struggle with depression and suicide.
The performance will be followed by a Q&A with experts from mental health service organizations, Artistic Director Hilary Thomas, and members of the Lineage Dance Company.
Running Time: 70 minutes
Content Advisory: Due to themes of suicide and the mention of drug use, discretion is advised when bringing children. The show is recommended for everyone over 13 years old.
Header photo by Stephen Delas.