Imperial Valley



This dance piece is based on a photograph taken by Dorothea Lang in California in 1936. During the Great Depression, a young couple, aged 24 and 17, are hitchhiking on the U.S Highway 99. They left West Salem, a town in Northern California. They have no money left, all they got is their luggage, their baby, and themselves. In Imperial Valley, California, they were working as field hands.
Who is this couple? What is their story?


The choreographer Bernard Baumgarten took inspiration from the emotion exuded by this photograph to present a moment of poignant reality. This choreography wishes to bring out a moment of the life of this young but desperate family – a purely fictitious instant of what could have been the relationship between this couple at this very moment of their history.


This performance was part of "The Bitter Years", a collection by Edward Steichen(1879-1973), an American photographer, painter and curator, born an raised in Luxembourg.



Choreography: Bernard Baumgarten

Dancers: Jennifer Gohier, Gregory Beaumont

Music Composition and arrangement: Patrick Muller

Production: CNA and TROIS C-L

Support by SACEM Luxembourg

Duration: 16 min.