I believe in parables and metaphor; in the way that life circles and folds in on itself as we gather experiences along the journey. We are all collecting pieces from the stories that intersect our lives, weaving them into our own. Dance is the way I process the experiences inscribed on my palms and underneath my skin. Our bodies carry our memories, dreams, hopes, loves, fears, and losses.
I am intrigued with the idea of how our physical bodies hold the memory of our emotional, relational, and experiential lives, and I seek to tap into the accumulated wisdom of the body through movement. My choreographic interests specifically lie in exploring the psychology of what it means to be human, including questions around identity formation - are we formed by experience or does our identity shape the way we experience life? I am also curious about what it means to be in community; how we build family systems and respond to enmeshment; how we search for and create spaces to call home; the neurobiology of memory formation and loss; and the process of grief and the concept of “dying well,” particularly when faced with dementia or terminal illness.
I am a scholartist.* I seek to use creative practice to research, inquire, investigate, define, and communicate theory, narrative, scholarship, and practice. In training, teaching, and choreography, dance is my place to investigate life. Art is my omer, the witness to and accounting of my individual and collective life.
*Scholartist is a term credited to performance studies scholars Joseph Shahadi and Mila Aponte-Gonzalez.
"Unprecious: Can We, Do We" || Modern Dance Solo
In collaboration with performer Keith Haynes. Premiered November 2019 during Counterpath's Unseen Festival in Denver, CO.
"Unprecious: Smoke in Your Eyes" || Modern Dance Quartet
A look back in order to move forward. Premiered May 2019 at Charlotte York Irey Theater in Boulder, CO.
"when the honey turns to dust" || Contemporary Ballet, Thesis Concert
A physical rumination on loss, exploring what happens as the myths and memories that shape our lives begin to fade away. Premiered November 2018 at Charlotte York Irey Theatre in Boulder, CO.
"The Deep Blue" || Contemporary Group Work
A synthesis of deep longing, memory, and the space between. Premiered April 2018 at Charlotte York Irey Theatre in Boulder, CO.
"Unspoken" || Contemporary Ballet Solo
An exploration of post trauma growth. Premiered December 2017 at Charlotte York Irey Theatre in Boulder, CO.
"The Space Between" || Contemporary Ballet Trio
For those who leave and those who are left behind. Premiered April 2017 at Charlotte York Irey Theatre in Boulder, CO.
"The Winnowing" || Modern Dance Quartet
An investigation of the evolution of how and where we build community and the toxic undertones of enmeshment disguised as support and accountability. Premiered May 2017 at Charlotte York Irey Theatre in Boulder, CO.
"Lady with the Lamp" || Site Specific Duet
A semi-autobiographical, episodic narrative delving into the undercurrents of exhaustion, financial stress, and emotional toll of what it means to be a caregiver. Performance score set to text in which viewers become participants who directly affect the work. Premiered May 2017 in the University Theatre Elevator 2, CU Boulder.
"Call the Shots" || Contemporary Group Work
An exit scene anthem of solidarity and hope. Premiered August 2016 at Heritage Theatre in Campbell, CA. Photo by Bari Lee Photography
"Don Quixote" || Act I Excerpts
Choreography after Marius Petipa. Premiered August 2016 at Heritage Theatre in Campbell, CA. Photo by Bari Lee Photography
"Love Letters" || Modern Group Work
A witness to the journey we take with and through and for the people and ideas we love. Premiered May 2016 at California Theatre in San Jose.
"These are the Things" || Modern Solo & Group Work
"We can only speak of the things we carried with us & the things we took away." - Barbara Kingsolver Premiered May 2015 at California Theatre in San Jose.
"And Yet" || Modern Dance Group Work
For the flashes of clarity in moments of waiting. Premiered May 2015 at California Theatre in San Jose.
"The Sleeping Beauty" || Ballet Production
Choreographed & Directed original, hour-length Sleeping Beauty for over 90 beginning - advanced students at IMDC. Premiered December 2014 at Martinez Junior High.
"Home" || Group Contemporary Work
A rumination on the ways we discover, create, and let go of "home." Premiered May 2014 at California Theatre in San Jose.
"The Nutcracker" || Ballet Production
Choreographed & Directed an original Nutcracker for over 90 beginning - advanced students at IMDC. Production premiered December 2012 at Martinez Junior High. Restaged Fall 2013.
"Le Temps Passait" || Modern Dance Group Work
Time stretches and stops, dashes and spirals. Sometimes ambling, sometimes sprinting, but ever marching forward. Performed throughout the Bay Area Feb - Aug 2012.
"Collusion" || Contemporary Duet
Cartharsis Dance Duo in collaboration with Charlie Stellar. Premiered Fall 2011 at Studio 8 in Berkeley, CA.
"with(out)" || Contemporary Solo & Group Work
MAD Studio Theater Summer Concert, 2009; Photo by Scott Belding
"Has Been" || Contemporary Solo
MAD Studio Theater Summer Concert, 2008; Photo by Scott Belding