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 RITUALIZED BODY.
Research that fed into its creation included customs of ritual purification and ritual burial, alike; architectures of worship in prayer and prayer etiquette; recurring postures and gesticulation in both Classical and Renaissance depictions of religious martyrdom; and gender performativity shaped by the three Biblical legends of Salome, imposing 1) the submissive, 2) the sinful, 3) the second body. Concept of dedicated sacrament, or protocol, as guarantee is further linked to fervent behaviors and ritualized patterns symptomatic of anxiety disorders.