A Taste of My Work
I focus on what stories are untold and how we may restore balance in community through performance art. How we can hold space for the difficulties that are often individualized and put in a box as a collective healing that involves deep reflections on how we are tied, connected, and understood as interwoven creatures of nature on micro and macro levels.
The Importance of
Healing a Rape Culture
is a performance that engages Body-Mind Centering techniques to bring awareness and balance to a person and a community after experiencing trauma from physical and psychological rape. That is, to an individual or to an entire body of people which we see with conquest and marginalization, during wars, genocides or occupations. A person may feel they are not affected by rape if they had not experienced it directly, yet we are all connected and when anyone is suffering our social nervous system is affected. As we dance we braid threads of trust and resiliency.
ARE WE LISTENING
Collaboration with Ron Jones at Art Saves Lives, Castro SF. Improvisation brings awareness to unconscious patterns. Our "plan" for this show was that I would rip a piece of an article sewn on my dress, hand it to Ron and he would read it. Not knowing the articles were about abuse by artist's mentors and personal struggles I have faced in my life, Ron through the pages on the ground without reading them. The audience only has the movement and sound between Ron and I to understand what is happening. They saw the difficulty of being heard, the invisible stories locked in ones body trying to find its way to be expressed and witnessed. This worked because the focus was on the expression and connection between us and not the written words, showing the impacts of "not being heard"
Queer Butoh Festival NYC
Butoh performance ‘Howl! Happening’ in association with The New York Butoh Institute and Vangeline Theatre in Brooklyn October 19th 2017.
I got to perform alongside 2 other queer Butoh artists from Chicago and New York respectively. “Butoh is essentially the dance of the marginalized, and the LGBTQ population is still largely marginalized in the world. Most of these artists feel that they found a place of freedom and acceptance through Butoh and it was important to give them a voice to express this.” -Vangeline France
I created my performing outfit with a handmade necklace made out of ginkgo leaves.
Paris Performance Project
Radical acceptance is the refusal of perfection. We believe that anything can be the support for our creative expression. We expose our vulnerability and are supported by the acceptance of our struggles, our sense of inadequacy and our fears. In this way, we enter a state of non-striving and allow ourselves to be. We work with our personal yet deeply universal challenges, hardships, fears, our shame and sense of ‘not belonging’ to create explorations and performances.
Video Collaboration with
Nathelie Brilliant, Hannah Beck and Helga Hizer
This movement in nature reminded me to accept pleasure in my body. While laying in the cold near the water positioned in large salt sculptures, I absorbed the sensation of the hot sun through my skin. Nathelie, Hanna and I explored movement for three hours in this location while Helga captured our experience on video. Something within me shifted and I believe the attention towards my body in the presence of my collaborators will stay with me forever. When I watch the video, which I will be able to share with you soon, I see deep trust and honesty in the colors and shapes of our movement.
This performance is a ritual that releases internal restraints within oneself by connecting with nature and the unseen ritual preparation for this performance is as important as the performance itself. I began by carrying a rock along Ocean Beach and while weighing it in my arms, I let my mind sink into what holds me back from connecting to my original innocence of accepting and offering love in my life.
These thoughts were at once captured in the weight of my rock. The rock provided a container for me to explore the resistance in my body to the topics that cascaded through my mind.
My mentor Sharon Pearson, lesbian, painter and professor of fine arts, passed away the day before my 28th birthday. Every year I dedicate a ritual performance for her on my birthday to give thanks for the life she inspired me to live.