The Storytellers is a weaving together of dance, music and spoken word. As part of a second generation Irish American family, I grew up immersed in storytelling. Every family gathering is spent endlessly telling stories. Almost everything is told with humor, no matter how unfunny the original circumstances. This trait stands out as the one for which I am most grateful, finding the humor in the heartbreak by telling a story about it. For the past year I have been recording my family’s stories, adding many of my own, and working with dancers to express all of this through our shared mode of communication, dance.
Pining for the Moon
Each September a gaggle of performance artists gathers in the woods of Saugerties, New York to honor the moon, the trees, the mountains and each other. It is a night filled with dance, music, poetry and puppetry.
Traces is a public dance happening in the parks, streets and sidewalks of Burlington, VT sponsored by Vermont Dance Alliance. My dancers and I presented "Coalesce" in Waterfront Park, Burlington in June 2017.
The Giant in the Washing Machine
In January 2011, I presented “The Giant in the Washing Machine,” a dance theater exploration of motherhood and childhood. The evening-length piece is a series of vignettes, alternating between these perspectives. “Childhood is a wild journey in a constantly changing landscape. Motherhood is a trip back to it, a ride alongside it, an invitation to re-enter the lost world of innocence, wonder and fear."
This work was commissioned by Burlington Dances in Burlington, VT where I was Artist in Residence.