by Abby Mangel
A sensitive look into a disquieting social issue, Connection Lost is a theatrical dance experience that pays homage to National Suicide Prevention Month in September, a span of several weeks dedicated to the collective efforts of citizens, organizations and professionals to reduce suicides — the third leading cause of death among young people according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Hosted at Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, the production is the collaborative project of Stephan Gaeth, the proprietor of the Uptown Studio in Beacon Hill, and Tara Wright, a counselor and artist working in San Antonio.
“We’ve both lost people,” explained Gaeth during an interview with the San Antonio Current. “In dealing with the subject matter, [Tara and I] felt a calling to perform … She wrote a lot of the dialogue, and I’m doing the movement.”
Like a number of Gaeth’s past projects in the local theater scene — which includes Asking for Change, a poignant rendition of urban homelessness, and Trash Tree, a post-apocalyptic commentary on environmental degradation at its worst — Connection Lost is imbued with a very nuanced understanding of the relationships between human beings, as well as the world at large. According to Gaeth, whereas Asking for Change explored the alienation of the homeless from their support systems and Trash Tree explored humanity's alienation from the Earth, Connection Lost reimagines the erosion of one's social relationships in different stages of community, culminating into the ultimate disconnection from oneself.