PROJECTS

I,Thou

"Hatreds never cease by hatred but by love alone." Buddhist teaching

I, Thou is a confrontation of our culture of conflict and contempt. Violence, intolerance and hatred have plagued humanity for eons. It seems we are destined to inflict misery on each other. But throughout time the sages have told us otherwise - Jesus, Buddha, Rumi, Amma, Gandhi and so many others have pointed the way toward compassion and love.

 

Through movement and storytelling we seek to find our way out of conflict while never looking away from the destruction we cause.

The Storytellers

 

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. 

mother and daughter

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.

girls in face paint

Traces

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.

dancers at burlington waterfront

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.

joy madden choreographer