Manifesto is a Dance Narrative performance that employs a marine invertebrate, a California Red Sea Cucumber to be exact, as a vehicle for exploring the topic of womanhood. No set, minimal costumes and a few handmade, larger than life props create the backdrop for a subtle, detailed dance set to the tune of a clear, concise voice over narrative directed at the audience.
Topics of womanhood (what it takes to be a woman, what it means to be a woman who does not want children, what to do with those creative energies) and intertidal invertebrates (I have a long standing fascination with marine life) interweave, taking audience members on an engaging, genre blending stroll thru personal ruminations and aspirations.
And again JUNE 20, 21 and 22, 2014 in Portland OR as part of Risk/Reward Festival.
The full 70 minute evening length version premiered at Velocity Dance Center, May 22 - 24, 2015.
Then was remounted at Gay City's Calamus Auditorium in late August of 2015.
And then again at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center in Bellingham, June of 2017.
Voila! The full length version (circa May 2015, Velocity Dance Center) is here to stay:
This is the 20 minute version of Manifesto, performed at On the Boards, Seattle, June 2014:
And here's me half naked in Portland just a few weeks later: