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Photo Credit: David Gonsier

Gross Motor Story

Video by Quinten Burley

Full video of the work available by request

This work investigates an emotional arc in and out of western femme narratives as well as in and out of form itself. Specifically, this solo explores the tragic romantic character from the romantic period opera, Lucia Di Lammermoor and the history of the hysteria diagnosis. I move with these images in the room and in my history as a queer femme in the world and a life-long student of dance forms. I explore my own malleability, delving into another archetype of western femininity - the female as formless, always prepared to be shaped into the other’s needs and desires. I am questioning, How does a formless body come into form? How has my training and upbringing prepared me fill out my body into these shapes?  How do cultural forms affect my anatomy?

still life, back there:

a dyke-otomy

made in collaboration with s.lumbert

Photo: Scott Shaw

Dancers: s.lumbert, Rachel Sigrid Freeburg

This duet made in collaboration with s.lumbert comes from the present situation in our relationship. s.’s health causes them to fatigue easily, but we still push to make work together while we forge a new life. We work with the theme of dependence, and the goal of trying to meet each other’s energy while still maintaining our competitive-performer personalities. An improvisational score traverses multiple relational elements tracked through proximity, the presence/absence of touch as well as the degree of touch, and energy exertion.

We explore how bodies fit into broadly-defined categories—be it a gender, an abstract shape, or a community—and enjoy the friction of trying to fit or the moments where our bodies bleed past perimeters. We are specifically exploring the performativity and materiality of our own respective female-identified and genderqueer-identified bodies, aiming to complicate and question how gender as a cultural construction lives in and on our bodies. Finally, we play with bringing our personal relationship into our work, blurring delineations between art and life with the hopes of increasing the visibility of non-normative sexualities represented on stage. This work was presented and rehearsed with support from Gibney Dance Center's Work-Up 3.0 Residency. 



Video and Interview by Grace E. Bowen

Full video of the work available by request

This work for nine dancers and one musician explores the supposed boundary between the subject-ness and the object-ness of the performers as well as how dance as practice changes the materiality of the body. The work was made with support of the AGGRS grant through The Ohio State University.