Based in the personal experiences of the Founding Directors, HER began as a series of duets, entitled That Girl and The Other One, exploring the intense dynamics between women that lead to bullying and it’s traumatic after effects. After every performance of the duets, crying women would wait to speak with them and talk about their own experiences. Galvanized by these powerful conversations, DeAnna and Ingrid were inspired to turn these duets into an evening length work with an expanded cast of dancers. HER is a 60-minute contemporary dance production that explores the experiences of women and girls of all ages. This narrative journey weaves together powerful, multi-sensory images depicting aggression, bullying, friendship, love, conformity, identity, and isolation, demonstrating the varied and powerful pathways that women walk as they relate to each other and their world. It has grown to include 8 professional dancers, 2 children and a chorus of 30 women from the community.
Featuring digital-media, sets, theater lighting and couture costumes, HER is a compelling testament to the beauty, power, fragility and strength of women.
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Background & Development
Dirty looks, taunting notes, exclusions from social groups, secrets – beginning at an early age and continuing into adulthood, there is a hidden culture of female aggression in our society which is as widespread as it is painful. Using personal experience and anecdotal evidence from Rachel Simmons’ Odd Girl Out and Eve Ensler’s I Am An Emotional Creature, performers explore the emotional rift within the self and between self and other through a contemporary dance-theater piece.
HER began as a series of duets, entitled That Girl and The Other One, exploring the intense dynamics cultivated in relationships between women. This narrative stream illuminates the struggle between women with intimate partnering that walks the line between love, sensuality and hate. That Girl was then expanded to include a cast of six dancers who intensify the interactive landscape women face in a culturally ‘look-obsessed’, ‘competitive’ society. Through a series of vignettes – intense duets, theatrical vaudeville-inspired pieces, and group structures that vary from sculptural to flowing and athletic – the company explores the experiences of women and girls of all ages.
Following the ever changing emotional ‘logic’ of girls’ relationships with each other, scenes are skewed, thrown away and then curiously reappear – funky, rhythmic isolations percolate in tightly choreographed spatial patterns set to Italian disco music by Adriano Celentano; tense articulated movements spread like contagion amongst a clique of women as they move across the floor to a neo-classical score by Rachel’s; aggression spikes as individuals succumb to the power of the group and limbs fly en masse as a many headed monster emerges; women whisper, throw themselves against walls and compete for attention from the audience.
KAIROS premiered the full, evening-length version of HER on October 17 & 18, 2014 at Boston University.
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Excerpts from HER include:
- Chicks (2014)
- Coop (2014)
- A Closed Feeling (2013)
- Aw-Rite (2012)
- HYDRA (2012)
- Machinations (2012)
- From the Same Source (2012)
- You Will Be Safe (2012)
- Sliver (2012)
- Don’t Turn on the Light (2012)
- The Ones Like Me Only See What I See (2011)
- Fodder (2011)
- Reprieve (2011)
- Gambit (2010)
- Glass Jaw (2010)
- Hedge (2009)
- Written on the Body (2008)
- Sole (2006)
- Original That Girl Duets (2005)
These works have been performed over 40 times at venues including:
- Boston Center for the Arts (Boston, MA)
- Provincetown Dance Festival (Provincetown, MA)
- Hatched Series (New York, NY)
- Dancing in the Streets Festival (Somerville, MA)
- Dances at Noon/Tufts University (Medford, MA)
- Curry College (Milton, MA)
- Nave Gallery (Somerville, MA)
- Boston University Dance Showcase (Boston, MA)
- Six Degrees of Separation (New York, NY)
- Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI)
- Strand Theatre (Boston, MA)
- Jose Mateo / Dance for World Community Festival (Cambridge, MA)
- The Lawn on D / Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (Boston, MA)