2016 LinkUP Artists:
Isabel Dieppa and Alana Parekh are developing a collaborative and comedic multidisciplinary dance theater performance that aims to expose and ignite a conversation about the environmental, racial, sexual, professional and societal implications of female body hair. Research for this project includes interviewing the general public and gender studies educators about their opinions and history with body hair, gathering statistics about the environmental (water usage, plastic production, etc.) and economic effects associated with various hair removal methods (waxing, shaving, laser etc.), learning about the history of hair removal across cultures, and generating movement and generating movement and theatrical dance scenes as a way to organize all of this information into a performance. Their LinkUP Mentor is Nibia Pastrana Santiago.
In this performance I will kiss you. I hope we kiss. How might we get to a kiss?
First, I will just ask: May I kiss you?
In this performance I will face you. I never forget a face.
is a movement-lecture about how we use our faces and the faces of others to try to understand our emotions and articulate our desires. When understanding is inarticulate, is it any less reliable? A face is unreliable. The body stands under it, holding it above all else, relying on it. The face is constantly moving ahead of our emotions. The head is the body the face lies upon. In a kiss there is only proximity, an intimacy before understanding, an intensity of potentials. We close our eyes in the process. We call this "hope." The kiss articulates this hope. When we kiss, where do our faces go?