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The Crack
       
     
The Crack

photo by Intisar Abioto
June - December 2017
made for New Expressive Works Artists Residency Program

"The cathartic, X-ray vision of the piece owes much to the fact that Page is dissecting such personal material in front of her own mother, such as how her casting calls dropped off after she went through puberty. A lot of the questions she asks, about how women’s bodies are viewed and used in the world of dance, may be questions the audience doesn’t want to ask, but her dynamic with her mother inspires us not to blink" - Oregon ArtsWatch

The Crack is an autobiographical narrative with multiple layers of concurrent and intersecting themes.  At first glance, it is a charming piece between mother and daughter, an aspiring professional dancer and her faithful, enthusiastic #1 fan.  Played by both myself and my own mother, Mary Ann Mattiello, we navigate and process the journey of my dance career and its effects on our relationship and ourselves. At times, however, we rupture identity, at once playing characters and caricatures of ourselves to unearth issues surrounding performativity, female identity, body politics, and matrilineal history.  In monologue and movement, interactions with my mother are strategic and calculated while others are improvisational, leading the audience to question the nature of performance itself:  If the performers are playing themselves, when are they, and are they really “performing”?  

In using my own autobiography as both meat and metaphor, I hope to humanize a field that routinely objectifies women for the sake of “art”.   By creating a piece where my story is enough from which to make art, I confront American dance culture’s unspoken agreements and treatment of dancer’s bodies, attitudes and relationships. Through the piece itself I propose alternatives to these assumptions: self-possession, transparency, and embodiment.

Review of The Crack in Oregon ArtsWatch by Nim Wunnan 

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The Crack, December 2018

made for New Expressive Works Artists Residency Program
Ian Lucero Films