When was the last time you felt wholly alive in your body? When every fiber of your thinking, moving, breathing being was engaged in an activity? My choreography animates unapologetic embodiment and engaged artistic flow states. It embraces radical acceptance of somatic listening.
Unfortunately, there are multiple barriers to this state of being, including the self-objectification that emerges when movers are told that their body and mind are separate, that this separate body is not good enough, that this separate body cannot be trusted, and that this separate body exists as an object for consumption. The violence underscoring these attacks lies in the truth that mind and body are not separate. When someone devalues another human’s body, they indeed devalue and dehumanize the person themselves.
These attacks on embodiment are not equal. Women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, different abled persons, and other marginalized communities continue to be objectified and dehumanized by dominant discourses despite heroic resistance and resilience. My work stands in ever-evolving allyship with these communities and in relationship to my positionality as a mixed-race, cis-woman.
***Photo credits to BLiu Studio and Elle Wildhagen***
Selection of Works
Thought-Body Work: Shimmer. A site-specific work that reimagines the habitual movement patterns at a bar in North Carolina. The work christens the dance floor as patrons arrive with the energy of women who have claimed themselves as the subjects, the doers of the world, rather than, objects, the things of the world on which subjects act.