Gently Off the Ground (February-March 2018)
This piece was conceptualized as a response to a performance score written by Udita Upadhyaya entitled "cradle: youmeusthem" for her solo-collaborative show, "nevernotmusic" at Roman Susan Gallery (February 18-March 11, 2018.) Two iterations of it were performed live; once on February 25th, 2018 and the other on March 11th, 2018.
“Gently Off the Ground” is my way of inhabiting and embodying the stories my grandmother has shared with me about her life during interviews I have conducted with her. They are silent movement pieces with an old seatless chair in which I attempt to find as many ways as possible to contain myself within it, balance and make peace with it, and make it do my bidding. In the struggle to negotiate with this queer and uncanny object, my body becomes alchemically transient, malleable, and porous. This piece is about my grandmother’s willingness to persist and survive despite circumstances causing her to live in ways she didn’t necessarily dream of - it’s about adapting one’s dreams and trying to find some joy in that.
Photos: Esther Espino