Artist Statement

I am interested in shifting the roles of audience and performer, giving both more agency in affecting the dance.

I strive to provide the audience with the materials for intellectual accessibility and kinesthetic empathy. Infused with an exhibit-like quality that encourages engagement and interpretation, my choreography provides the audience with groundwork information and an opportunity through action or inaction to have a unique experience as a witness. They are invited in by the movement itself with incorporation of gesture work, breath, and a conscious variability in movement dynamic.

The performers are also given agency in the creation and performance of the work. through open artistic communication between myself and the dancers, prompt-based phrase generation, and the ability to make spontaneous decisions mid-performance, the dancers are empowered to influence the finished product and interact with the audience.

By giving both dancers and audience members the ability to affect the finished work, I hope to establish an enthusiastic, confident give and take relationship out of what is classically a passive exchange of art and ideas.

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choreography

2023 Light Switch – Sketchbook Choreolab, New York NY

2021 Best Clowns – Ashley Shelton, Virtual

2020 In / Out Music Video – Metasequoia, Ithaca NY

2019 Honeysuckle – Peridance APEX, New York NY

2019 Dress Up / Dress Down – 7MPR Midnight Performance Series, New York NY

2019 The Pickle Jar – SMUSH Moves, Jersey City NJ

2018 film of birds -WAXWorks, Brooklyn NY

performance

2022 VashtiDance Theater – Urban Jelly Traditional Priests, New York NY

2019 Lauren Horn – Group Piece at Blood Language Show, Somerville MA

2019 Vivake Khamsingsavath – Le Feuille Qui Tombe at PMT House of Dance Gala, New York NY

2019 Julia Antonozzi – Welcome to Be Here at Chop Shop Dance Festival, Seattle WA

2018 Margaret Wiss – Two by Two at National Water Dance Festival, Springfield MA

Body of Work

Light Switch

A statement on the socialization of rules, boundaries, and consent. The mover(s) enter the stage in a place of great vulnerability, but are given the ‘illusion’ of having total control of the perception of their performance. They will start with house lights up, the audience in view. They will be given the opportunity to give out two commands/requests of the audience: ‘Open your eyes’ or ‘Close them’. Upon satisfaction that the audience is cooperating with their request, the house lights will dim and they will begin to move…

Thank you to Clean Cut Kid and Alva Noto for the music. Thank you to Franco Bianchi for the video.

Honeysuckle

A manifesto on joy, responsibility, and other people’s thoughts. An excerpt of a longer, future work (WIP performed at The Craft, 2019)

Thank you to Armando Young for the music. Thank you to Hallee Bernstein for the video.

The Pickle Jar

A study on the pickling process in a very technical way, brushing on the experience of preservation and isolation. Originally a duet, this piece was extended to a group work at Small Plates VA, 2019.

Thank you to Todd Hayden for the music. Thank you to the dancers: Julia Antonozzi, Taina Bey, Erin Hicks, Alex Johnson, Lilly Katz, and Erin Lyons.

Dress-up/Dress-down

This piece explores the reduction of individual identity through gender presentation, and the exhaustion that comes with gendered performance. The shallow representation of different varieties of gender performance through clothing changes directly represent reductions of genuine phrase work from outside collaborators in its original solo form, Trial by Dress-Up.

Thank you Otto Klemperer and Pascal Rogé for the music. Thank you to Shawn Zhang for the video. Thank you to the dancers: Taina Bey, Erin Lyons, and Honoka Usui.

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