Change is the universal aspect of all these sources of story. Story is something moving, something happening, something or somebody changing.Ursula K Le Guin
When change is who you are, who are you?
I am: a crutch user, a wheelchair user, a walking person, on the floor, an aerialist, a climber. I have grown a beard and I have grown breasts. I am short and broad and hairy; I am flexible and graceful. My body hurts. My body is strong. I walk and I do not walk, on four legs and three legs and two legs and none. I have many genders and none. One body - many - nothing.
How do you tell several stories at once? The same way you live them.
"I paint self-portraits because I am the subject I know best."Frida Kahlo
A Singular They is an evening-length solo show in development. I am welcoming all my contradictory modes of being into the same room together. Pieces are created by me and five collaborating choreographers who can draw out certain facets of my experience and let them shine. Different solos use different apparatuses and engage different elements of identity and embodiment, including an outsider's approach to masculinity, the way time changes with chronic pain, and what it's like to find freedom.
Work in Progress Videos
I am joined in this endeavor by:
- Project Assistant, Dawn States
- Collaborating Choreographers: Christal Brown, Nicole Dagesse, Polly Motley, NEVE, and Noah Witke-Mele
- Musical Collaborators including Liana Nuse
A Singular They is also supported by fiscal sponsorship from Vermont Dance Alliance, residency time with the New England Center for Circus Arts, and funding from the MAP Fun, NEFA, the Vermont Arts Council.