Catching a Catfish With a Gourd

This performance was in a series of improvisational dances set to audio voiceovers. This particular piece was inspired by studying Japanese art, specifically scroll painting and ceramics. Both art forms were heavily influenced by Zen Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism, philosophies that honor tradition and ancestors, as well as the beauty of things as fallible and mutable. At the time I was torn between the beauty and form of ballet, and the harm and injury it could bring to the human body and in some instances the psyche to create something akin to perfection. I was also heavily influenced by improvisation and contact improvisation as well as the spoken word. With this performance, among others, I tried to bring the elements together to present both the beauty and intangibility of dance.

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