I am a choreographer, which seems like a humble vocation. I know a lot about body language. One thing that excites me about my practice is that I've quickly learned to make great things out of real things, the human body. I have spent a lot of time trying a lot of ideas in a lot of places, and learned any limitations were in my own body and imagination. This learning process has been helpful in my life; as a choreographer you also learn how to shape the world. There have been many times when I wanted to reflect on American History, the world, where complicated stuff happens. Being a choreographer equipped me with those tools.
Building across issues, identities, and creative possibilities, my work thrives in a collaborative laboratory of relationships committed to rigorous experimentation- to the belief that public art and life are not fixed. The temporary has a philosophical currency that excites me deeply. I am obsessed with our perceptions of what we are when we are alone vs. what we are when we are together. In my work, I try to reassess my views of what family is, offering other frequencies and mind spaces for us to communicate in. I do this by having dialogue with places and collaborating with neighbors, communities and art forms, then I transpose these conversations onto living bodies and into a precarious installation atmosphere and state.
Geography and cartography inspire me to explore issues of socioeconomic inequality, race and spiritual life, and what new forms of expression develop when both sides of the tracks are engaged. Who can lay claim to the south? Who gets to dance? Working with all kinds of communities makes me pay attention and invest in the details. When my art is in public, what is important to me is to promote fundamental human values.
Drawing on what I've experienced as essential ingredients of family- adventure, complexity, nakedness, ritual and loss-I offer the public doors into alternate homes conceived as interior events and exterior eruptions, positive and negative, without opposing context. My intention is to offer a lens of the expanding universe inside us, to find our explicit nature before being told what we think we are.
Moving artists tenderly loosen historical dance constructs through forms including tableaux vivants, choirs, and dynamic posturing, inflating their bodies to various contemplative states of mind, asking “What does it mean to be part of a community?” Social performance belongs to a place and a people, relying on the transference from one body to another, a symbol of sorts, a lost democracy. Encounter of the audience is unregulated. I don’t expect people to follow us for hours. I recognize the endurance ritual here. We touched each other for a moment. Through this endeavor for liberation I invite the public to become a collaborator, and family. My work is a rigorously crafted group experience that asks how far can we go together, in a world that feels like it's wrestling us apart.