The Warriors: A Love Story, from ARCOS Dance, isn’t an easy show to sum up, even for its creators. It’s a multimedia piece, using all the arrows in the ARCOS quiver: film, interactive video projections, live and recorded music, dance, theatrical elements, text, and narration. They’ve worked to make all those elements work together, though, “in a way that doesn’t feel like there are multiple media; we try to make it feel like as immersive an experience as possible for the audience,” says co-director Eliot Gray Fisher. “You can’t just call it theater or dance…we’ve been struggling with what to call it. We’re calling it ‘multimedia performance’ because that’s kind of broad.”
The story of The Warriors is inspired by Fisher’s maternal grandparents, Glenn and Ursula Gray. Glenn was an American philosopher who worked in counter-intelligence during WWII. While in Europe, he met Ursula, a German dancer. Their love story forms the heart of The Warriors: A Love Story.
While the show is inspired by this particular love story, co-director Erica Gionfriddo says they’re hoping it resonates with a wide audience. “It’s a very, very intimate and personal story,” she says, “but the idea is that this is everybody’s story. There’s so many people that have this experience with warfare and history and grandparents and family that we wanted to find a forum to invite that in for the audience.”