Plastic Plates Don't Break (Film)
Inspired by the drama of the romantic, classic movies of the 40s, 50s, and beyond, "Plastic Plates Don't Break" portrays a relationship on the brink of falling apart. A peak into their daily routine, the couple comes together for a meal where tensions boil over setting off their quarrel. Accompanied by audio clips from the famous movies that inspired the piece, the couple dances through this fight with passion and emotion. After the woman can take no more and leaves, the man confronts his guilt and remorse preparing to reconcile. The last question is whether this reconciliation will last or if their strife will continue another day.
premiered at the 92Y Mobile Dance Film Festival, also shown at DANCE SHORTS film screening
performers: Robinson Denzer and Ashley Robson
not for you.
This work is a sort of ode to the Me Too movement showing a young woman empowering herself and re-claiming her body. It has become clear that some people believe that women wear makeup or dress a certain way for men's benefit; however, I use this work to disprove that idea. This work demonstrates that a woman owes nothing to anyone but herself. As the dancer applies her lipstick as she normally would, she continues on to highlight places on her body where men may have touched or gawked at her. With her strength, she allows herself to be vulnerable continuously building up the courage to finally break free of what society portrays her as once she ignites into dancing.
Premiered with Sylvia Berman May 2018 at SUNY Purchase
Small Plates Dance, performed by Lauren Worley November 2018
A ballet created in celebration of women to show the power and strength we hold. The movements reflect the empathetic, nurturing nature of many women while empowering women to celebrate their worth.
premiered May 2018 at SUNY Purchase Dancers Responding to Aids
performers: Gianna Bartolini, Claire Cordano, Rachel Martens, Meghan Phillips, Olivia Rick
*special thanks to Tess Neil
Sentient Beings Are We
In this piece, the dancers act as parts of the emotion theory suggested by Robert Plutchik. In assigning each dancer a different emotion, I began to discover the ways in which we express different emotions through the body and how each emotion can affect the other.
Premiered Fall 2017 at SUNY Purchase
Performers: Meagan Ahern, William Byram, Nathan Crewe-Kluge, Anna Hooper, Mary McGrath, Kiersten Rist, Rachel Tiedemann
A Sentimental Standard
A short piece of dance set to I Got it Bad And That Ain't Good performed by the Oscar Peterson Trio. It tells the story of three woman who have entered into a jazz club attempting to cope with the troubles in their love lives. Each with her own unique problems and way of expressing it, they eventually meet and come together to find the solutions to their problems. In the grand scheme of things, this piece would have two other sections: one with their lovers trying to understand what went wrong and then a reunion where we see if the couples can really stay together or not.
Premiered March 2017
Performers: Madeline Jones, Leslie Merced, Rachel Tiedemann