they | them
performer | choreographer | educator
EMBODIMENT | GRIEF
The images and video here were generated though my digital interdisciplinary art practice and solo dancing body. Drawing from research on somatic memory, imagery, and open movement scores, each piece explores the connection between two highly physical processes: Embodiment and Grief.
How is grief embodied?
Embodiment is... Grief is...
Feeling. Sensing. Action.
Volume. Gradients. Tectonic.
A wild soma.
Embodiment stretches and stills our experience of time.
Inside of the body,
grief is never still.
It travels through our body's roots and caverns; it compresses, and loops our impulses and initiations.
Embodiment and grief, together, are
A pattern of physical experiencing; expansion meeting resistance, and resistance meeting expansion.
the ways in which
I am pushed
by external forces.
Emotions manifest and express themselves physically,
spiraling and extending forwards,
all at once.
Grief in the em/body
Stirring slowly around,
in a hollow stomach.
wet plaster sticking
to walls while
Wet dirt dropped down into the stomach
Spinning thickness inside of my forehead, behind my eyes
Searing, gripping heat
onto of my shoulders,
sliding down and in between
my rib bones.
How / where in the body does embodiment begin and end?
How / where in the body does grief begin and end?