A Brief History of My Belly, short studio version – February, 2020

Performed at: Movement Research Open Performance, New York, NY, January 28, 2020 and NACHMO Boston, Somerville Armory, MA, February 7, 2020 Performance, Sound Score, and Choreography by Jessica Roseman Dramaturgy by Grace Mi-He Lee and David Brick This studio taping…

A Brief History of My Belly, short studio version - February, 2020

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Performed at:
Movement Research Open Performance, New York, NY, January 28, 2020

and NACHMO Boston, Somerville Armory, MA, February 7, 2020

Performance, Sound Score, and Choreography by Jessica Roseman
Dramaturgy by Grace Mi-He Lee and David Brick

This studio taping of A Brief History of My Belly is a condensed version of a twelve minute dance which I performed at Movement Research in New York. I adapted it to five minutes for performance in NACHMO Boston. Videos of the live performances were not accessible for the grant deadline.

My eye contact with the camera emulates the way I individually engage with as many viewers as possible when performing for a larger live audience.

This dance prioritizes what are still, even in the 21st century, essentially private realms of the female experience. Through a healthy and embodied, rather than idealized, representation of mature womanhood in my dances, I engage the audienceโ€™s imagination: Who are we today? How am I connected to what I see? How do I feel about it? This sort of inquiry is relevant to a much wider sector than the fine arts and performance world.

The dance intimately invites the audience in to witness the experience of exposing my belly, with all its history. I breathe with the layered emotions, awkwardness, and vulnerability this sharing provokes in me, for all of us together.

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