This multi-dimensional research project culminated in two distinct performance pieces and an unpublished scholarly article.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 explores the effects of self-objectification on female subjectivity and the potential of bodily performance to ground oneself in presence. While the article features historical and cultural analysis of St. Denis's staging of implied nudity, "spiritual" sexuality, and racialized religiosity, both performance works used movement improvisation and vocalization to generate presence and agency, even within experiences of self-objectification.
The first iteration of There's a hole in the wall was a nine-minute, structured solo 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 long, 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 Unpublished.