Seed Awakening On The Eve of Blue

"Scientists made plants grow faster
animals should have flourished
they struggled to survive
the plants turned to junk food
animals had plenty to eat
they were starving

'Real Food,' Investigations to Seed Awakening:

​Through research, Marlies seeks to answer questions such as:

  • What is the impact of engineered and processed food on the body?

  • Is the addiction to speed creating issues in nutrition, growth, and development? 

  • Does the body adapt by creating disease to manage the impact of engineered foods?

  • Are these created foods damaging the ecosystem?

  • Is nature aggressively responding and adapting to control these man made creations?

  • Are we in crisis driven by the commercial creation of food?

  • Is the residue of technology as food a device to hinder the freedom of communities cultivated for speed?

  • Have we gone too far?


Seed Awakening On The Eve of Blue, written by Marlies Yearby, explores these questions through a multimedia performing space where music, technology, science, voice, and living theater process these examinations through our interactions with food.  

It happened! Across the globe virtually and in realtime history was made. A simultaneous freestyle dance improvisation was launched on DanceHackIt's Virtual Screening Room Saturday November 19, 2011 at 2:10pm.  DanceHackIt was conceived and directed by Marlies Yearby (Tony Nominated choreographer of RENT)  with Video Engineer Paul Demps switched the live feed from The Gambia, West Africa, St Lucia in the Caribbean, Vermont, USA and in Brooklyn, NY USA into one virtual viewing area. 


The energy between the dancing Pads was electric as it showcased the individual's self expression and the leadership style of their Pad Leaders. 


DanceHackIt’s tech hack was guided by community activist and Brooklyn NY hailed fashionista Bonnie Sandy Sterling. Ms Sterling asked Ms Yearby what she would do with technology if she could and DanceHackIt was her response.  It was this musing that DanceHackIt test launch was born. Then the idea was met with many tech challenges and now in the face of the pandemic and the growth of technology it seems the perfect time to once again explore the boundaries of tech in real time exchanges.  Currently Ms Yearby prepares to explore the possibilities in another test lab at Harvard University.


"On the viewing screen it really looked like all the pads were dancing one choreographed piece.  If the music slowed the dancers across the pads slowed. It was something to see."

- Rodney Hurley, managing director of the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts in Brooklyn at Long Island University


Photo Credit: FifthEye Studio

This episodic mini series played digitally through music, poetry, digital art , virtual and AI danced environments explores disruptions of identity triggered by the Gaze on race and Intimacy.

  • She Vessel

  • We R I

  • Brother Speak

  • Stop The Crazy

  • RELEASE! the players


are some of the episodes highlighting the poetry Ms. Yearby has written.  Ms Yearby will partner with composers, visual artists, technicians and performers to breathe life into Identity Plays. The first episode, She Vessel, is composed by Nioka Workman. 

Identity Plays