OBJECT. | A MINISTRY OF FEMME Production
“…the evening was powerful…the performance couldn’t be more timely…I especially liked the tableaux section, ironically since I am such a fan of high intensity movement. I think that section, because you took your time with it, seemed more like a meditation – one that slowly turned my stomach.” – Cathy Nicoli | Assistant Professor, Roger Williams University Dance Department
“Combining stories from several women, she aims to complicate the stereotyped picture. Her dancers, intermittently clad in seven inch platform stilettos, smile masks, and what are described as “vintage ‘undergarments’,” hang in the balance between casualty of stereotype and defiant individual.” – Matt Dinaro | Boston Magazine
‘Who I am is for me to define, no one else.’
We all experience stereotypes. Each and every one of us is in conflict with a story that has been told for and about us. How do we defy those stories? Is there any part of those stories we might come to love? How do we find the courage to be authentically ourselves? And how do we fully support others in doing the same?
When we are denied the opportunity to define our stories, to define our perspectives, that denial comes to define us. When we own our story, we have the power to create our very own brave ending.
The MINISTRY of FEMME Project
By engaging community though performances, conversations and interactive workshops, KAIROS’ MINISTRY of FEMME Project aims to offer a fuller understanding of the complexities of the feminine identity; and strives to provide a platform for a further conversation about the stereotypes we all experience.
OBJECT., part of KAIROS’ MINISTRY of FEMME Project, is an evening-length, multi-media, dance theater performance, exploring the feminine experience, the question of gender, and the resilience present in communities of survivors, femmes, and women.
The age-old stories passed down to us in lore and song, plastered on billboards and in magazines, consumed in movies and television, bind femininity to specific roles. They describe exactly how to look and how to act. They prescribe, how to exist in our own bodies and minds. Society’s endless obsession with the sexualizing and objectifying of the female form shapes cultural norms across the globe, affecting body image and self-identity, limiting the representation of females in positions of power and ultimately, contributing to the continued acts of violence against women. Through the examination of media driven archetypes and clichés, OBJECT. exposes the world of unattainable standards created by gender stereotypes and the damaging effects of feminine objectification.
Set to music by Ani DiFranco, Annie Lennox, Beastie Boys, Robert Palmer, DJ Fraction, Rachel’s and Fiona Apple, the choreography blends contemporary dance, pole dance, and video dance, and draws inspiration from iconic images generated by Hollywood and the fashion industry; poetry by Eve Ensler, Maya Angelou, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; and personal stories from female-identifying community members. The dancers perform in and out of 7-inch platform stilettos and smile-masks, vacillating, sometimes violently, between myth and truth. Fashion designer Carlos Villamil, filmmaker Lindsay Caddle Lapointe, lighting designer Lynda Rieman, and visual artist Corinne Chase add dimensions of texture and imagery that intensify the physical story-telling.
OBJECT. will premiere at the Boston Center for the Arts, November 15-17, 2019.
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Artistic Director / Choreographer: DeAnna Pellecchia
Rehearsal Director: Kristin Wagner
Artistic Collaborators* / Performers: Robin Amylon, IJ Chan, Maggie Markham, DeAnna Pellecchia, Kristin Wagner & Yaqi Wu
Film: Lindsay Caddle Lapointe
Fashion Design: Carlos Villamil
Set Design: Corinne Chase
Lighting Design: Lynda Rieman
Sound Score Design: DJ k-sWag
*Katie Von Wald (Principal Dancer from 2012-17) and Olivia Blaisdell (Dancer from 2016-19) were integral in the creation of this performance.
The MINISTRY of FEMME Project was developed in part through residency programs provided by Boston University, Roger Williams University, and The Dance Complex.
Community Outreach | MINISTRY of FEMME Residency
The MINISTRY of ♀ Residency features the company’s evening-length performance OBJECT. in conjunction with workshops offered to the community which aim to give voice to women, femme and female identifying (womxn). The MINISTRY of ♀ Residency can be structured to suit the specific needs and goals of your students / community. Please contact us for more details.
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OBJECT. Excerpts on Vimeo
Excerpts from this project include Blue Girl Gold, CROWN, #LikeAHammer, HYSTERA, Seagulls & Phoenixes, Post Up, Timber, Resting Wish Face, Rearview Glass, and Bring You, Take Me; and have been performed at Roger Williams University, Boston University, Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, Boston Center for the Arts, Jose Mateo’s Dance for World Community Day, Design Museum Foundation’s Work Innovation Summit, and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. If you are interested in viewing excerpts from this project please obtain the password protected links by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.