“The story she performed was intriguing, and her invitations to me to join the narrative and to be in the moment were handled with grace and aplomb. I was also impressed by how she created a rich fantasy space for both of us even as quotidian Montreal neighborhood life went on around us . . .” — Jill Dolan
“. . .we seemed to fit there, all feathers and swirling movement, a bit of fantasy in the midst of daily life and no one seemed to bat an eye. Her confidence drew me in, to think, play, recall. ” — Jennifer Parker-Starbuck
This project – a live, conversational performance and its companion piece, a video – seeks to subvert expectations of intimate performance by resisting the viewer’s desire to access the speaking subject’s accurate, authentic, truthful account of herself, and instead to produce a multiplicity of possible truths. The project seeks to conflate intimacy and spectacle: to suggest that intimacy often makes a spectacle of itself, in the hyper-self-conscious removal of masks for the audience or the camera, and to explore the possibilities for a performative spectacle to produce intimacy with the viewer.
While the live, conversational performance is inherently participatory, the video piece also includes interactive elements, simulating an intimate one-on-one performance: the performer speaks directly to the audience, asks questions with space for answers, and asks audience members to fill out a cognitive map as she leaves the screen with music playing.
Watch an excerpt from the video here