By me in collaboration with the dancers
Danced by Caroline Ball, Samantha Boyle, Carson Kelly, Niamh Rollins, and Stephanie Schramm
Mount Holyoke College
How can risk, weight, and momentum disrupt the architecture of ballet’s prescribed gender expression?
Vestige utilizes ballet as a secret metaphor for embodied femininity. It contains references to archetypical femininity challenged by movement that unapologetically takes risks and engages with weight and momentum in conversation with shapes and weight-shifts that allude to ballet. Vestige bounces frantically and casually between my bodily perception of femininity and assertive, brazen, and weighted movement, evoking something that feels both new and natural.