My work pays homage to the classical forms of dance and theater that continue to be relevant yet it questions a “civilized” standard of beauty and order that puts the body under the tyranny of the intellect.
It subverts the idea that the carnal and primitive side of ourselves is lesser, given that it reminds us of our uncivilized past, by offering an aesthetic that is more natural, sensual, vulnerable, animal, raw and at the same time is highly rigorous and formal.
My work exposes the viewer to the unavoidability of the body and consequently “arrives” at dancing as a necessary and unquestionable act, as catharsis and/or celebration. There is throughout a carnivalesque vision that aims to elevate the value of the body and experience at large.
Within my process there lies the fantasy of erasing hierarchical power structures to allow the collective experience of the group to become the content of the work. Each piece has become a chapter of a greater whole. From piece to piece we wear the same navy blue workers uniforms in an attempt to affirm the continuity of the identity of the performers and the work; therefore building a sense of “history” within the body of work.
My work actively addresses the audience’s gaze, revealing their role as voyeur and bringing them into the “narrative” as participating characters. There is an almost utopian desire of being transparent and sharing the process; and there is an almost childlike, innocent desire to be closer to or “touch” the audience.