2016 LinkUP Artists:
Isabel Dieppa and Alana Parekh are developing a collaborative and comedic multidisciplinary dance theater performance that aims to expose and ignite a conversation about the environmental, racial, sexual, professional and societal implications of female body hair. Research for this project includes interviewing the general public and gender studies educators about their opinions and history with body hair, gathering statistics about the environmental (water usage, plastic production, etc.) and economic effects associated with various hair removal methods (waxing, shaving, laser etc.), learning about the history of hair removal across cultures, and generating movement and generating movement and theatrical dance scenes as a way to organize all of this information into a performance. Their LinkUP Mentor is Nibia Pastrana Santiago.
Joshua Hoglund, together with his collaborators, are investigating: When we kiss, where do our faces go? When you feel an emotion, what happens to all the other potential emotions that might have been? In this performance I will kiss you. I hope we kiss. To be running breathlessly but to have not yet arrived is itself delightful, a suspended moment of living hope. Now that we are here, now that we are face to face, how might we get to a kiss?
The performance is a dance-lecture about how faces and emotions are co-emergent, and how kissing provides a slippery supposition between two faces; a respite from communication, where sensation's precedence over perception blurs subjective boundaries.