This work took shape through years of research, two performance pieces, and a scholarly article. Underpinned by historical research on American modern dancer Ruth St. Denis, this work examines how the performance of sexuality is encountered by female dancers in their early dance training and in mainstream American culture. The performances and article acknowledge the influences of striptease and sexual self-objectification on female performance, yet also reach for the sublime, the spiritual, and the holy that can be felt and expressed through the body. The performance pieces use movement improvisation and vocalization as a way to foreground personal agency and subjectivity.
There's a hole in the wall is a nine-minute, structured solo improvisationthat waspresented 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)is a twenty-minute long, site-specific installation, and structured improvisation that was 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).