This research project culminated in two distinct performance pieces and an unpublished scholarly article. Underpinned by historical research on American "aesthetic" dancer Ruth St. Denis and American vaudeville, burlesque, and striptease, the projectbroadly explored modern female subjectivity and self-objectification. The article features historical and cultural analyses of St. Denis's staging of implied nudity, "spiritual" sexuality, and somatic religiosity. Both performance works used these ideas as conceptual jumping-off points for tightly structured, improvised solos.
The first iteration of There's a hole in the wall was a nine-minute, structured improvisation,presented in five performances of Voices of Action: Women in Performance, August 2012, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Minneapolis, Minnesota. See performance photographs below (courtesy of Alina Antoniou.)
There's a hole in the wall (REMIX)was a twenty-minute, site-specific installation, and structured improvisation created as part of Season 2 of Iowa City Community Supported Art (ICCSA), a subscription-based program curated by Public Space One, Iowa City. This solo premiered November 18, 2012 at ps-z/the First United Methodist Church in Iowa City. See performance photographs below (courtesy of Bill Adams.)
"Seeing the Undressed Goddess: Spectacular Sexuality and Subjective Female Agency in the Early Work of Modern Dancer Ruth St. Denis" (2011). Unpublished.