Governors Island (NYC), June 2016
Choreography & Direction:
10,000 lbs of fertilizer-free soil
2 portable shower units (1 qt ea.)
1 wireless speaker; no electricity needed
1 hose line; on-site water source preferred
2 protective tarps & pool lining provided
+ nectarines for audience; pending site approval
SALOME, AND THE ANATOMY OF INVISIBLE CORNERS
AN INTIMATE, SITE-SPECIFIC DANCE THEATER PRODUCTION BURIED IN THE GUTS OF AN ABANDONED POOL ON GOVERNORS ISLAND'S SOUTH BATTERY, CONTEMPLATING OBEDIENCE, RITUAL, AND THE RITUAL BODY.
Research that fed into its creation included traditions of ritual purification and ritual burial, alike; subtle choreographies of prayer and prayer etiquette; recurring posture, gaze and gesture in both Classical and Renaissance depictions of religious martyrdom; architecture and mathematics of worship compared to the Golden Ratio; gendered ceremony, or rather role play and performativity; and the three distinct legends of Salome as a representation of archetypical femininity regarding 1) the submissive, 2) the sinful, 3) the second body. Next, Russo layered studies in behavioral symptoms of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. The imbalanced, imperfect, and sometimes chaotic state of one body is integral to the existence of its Other.