Tramadol is an opioid pain medication used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. It has serious side effects and can be highly addictive.

Created as part of Ate9 Dance Company’s choreographic workshop in 2017, Tramadol is a study on transforming physical suffering from a solitary experience into a communion. “There ain’t no grave that can hold my body down” (Johnny Cash) reminds us that the weakened body can be isolated from the mind. The desire for relief, despite the consequence it imposes, is an honorable effort.



IN rehearsal

Filmed by Belle Jensen


Premiere: December 1, 2016 as part of The Niners (Ate9 Dancers Choreographic Workshop)

Duration: 8 minutes

Dancers: Danielle Agami, Sarah Butler, Rebecah Goldstone, Genna Moroni, Yasmin Mahmoud

Music: “Thing” - Perfume Genius, “Ain’t No Grave” - Johnny Cash

Costumes: Thibaut Eiferman

Lighting designer: Matthew Johns

Produced by Ate9 Dance Company at LA Live Arts