Artist Statement

 

“Are you looking at me?!” describes performance as much as it also questions the politics of knowledge-making. Operating in the crux between performance and epistemology (or knowing), I create work to ask: What do you know or think you know, and how do you know it? I mash up ethnographic and archival research, texts, images, and dance histories to create intermedia performances and writing, and frequently engage with collaborators in the process, from visual artists to scientists. Treating observation like a rearrangeable art object, I craft embodied, choreographic stories that use humor and pathos to unsettle the relationship between observer and observed. 

I am a dance artist who doubles as an ethnographer of science. I am obsessed with searching for hidden sensorial and kinesthetic connections that race through scientific experimentation, set in counterpoint to dance as a raggedy science of motion and self.  I use my dance histories as microscopes and probes, through my background as a former dancer with New York City Ballet now fully indoctrinated in American postmodern dance. Blurring “the objective” and “the subjective,” I throw these forms against a broader canvas to elevate and scrutinize their work, while allowing dance to be just as it is: intimate, capacious, and uniquely insightful. 

I don’t always work with science: I also choreograph for theater, and I have launched dance reconstruction projects large and small. But I frequently return to science, because it reminds me of the tenuousness of my humanity. Poignantly, our bodies are everything and nothing in the face of truly knowing our cosmos. Dance reminds science of its body, and science gives dance galactic scale. I’m interested in using dance to “body forth” the impossibility of representing so much unknown.