Mash Up Body
anonymous bodies / Kate Watson-Wallace
Thu, Jun 4–Sat, Jun 6
Do a dance. Tear it down. Remix.
Runway, stage show, club party, this is an experiment in becoming fierce, fragile, and unadorned. The work asks: What agency does a dancer have (and not have) over a work and how do they insert their own values into the work?
Exploring the politics of aesthetics and the role of a delegated performer, Mash Up Body is comprised of two parts: First Watson-Wallace made a dance. Second, she asked the cast to remix and destroy the systems of the original dance, on the spot, in front of the audience.
Mash Up Body is a meditation on agency, radical presence, and embedded patriarchy in the art world. This dance asks, in the words of bell hooks: what “white supremacist capitalist patriarchal” values am I taking on in my rehearsal process and work, and how can this shift? It is a practice in understanding form as politic.
“When I got into the room with the dancers, there was a moment when they had very clear ideas about what they wanted to explore that I hadn’t gotten to. So we went there. It became the structure of the piece. There was something I was trying to understand about what a feminist rehearsal space operated like.” Kate Watson-Wallace, choreographer of Mash Up Body.
Direction and choreography
Conceptual collaborator and music composition
Christopher Sean Powell
Visual and costume design
devynn emory (Friday & Saturday only)
Haylee Nichele (Friday & Saturday only)
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
Outside eye/spirit guide
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