This dance lives inside of
ideas around success, unachievable standards, empowerment, competition, & community
a glimpse into the shoulds that dictate the female body
a resistance to the inevitability of conforming
a study on the objectification of the performing female body
The work revolves around my experience as both a woman and performer. It explores the pressure I feel to look and act in specific ways because I am a woman, because I am an artist, because I call myself a feminist, because I am a dancer, because of every single way that I identify myself. I've lived according to a deeply rooted desire to be “beautiful” and this piece works to excavate how I deeply despise that desire. This experience is mine, it the dancers', and it is one that can be shared by anyone grappling with the confines of "beauty". My hope is that the work goes beyond its portrayal of a runway and wonderful dancing; that it opens up a space for the viewer to think about their relationship to standards, and that ultimately one can somehow feel comforted by it.