BFA Art, Media and Technology
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The way we move in our daily lives, our repetitive gestures and our interactions are shaped by the physical and mental spaces we exist in. These separations are intrinsic and shape the ways we perceive each other’s movement. The body reacts to these spatial consolidations with the emergence and transformation of physical expression.
“Metamorfosis,” a 1990s contemporary Cuban dance choreographed by Narciso Medina, depicts the dancers’ transformation into animals and insects. The dance company originated in the history of técnica cubana. At the beginning of the 1960s Cuban Revolution, técnica cubana was a style of dance that aimed to merge various histories, including Afro-Cuban dance, ballet, and the Martha Graham technique which, combined, represented a unified national identity.
The exhibition video presents a técnica cubana class and visualizes the embodiment of a transformation through an exchange of movement. The video begins with a walk to the class and ends with a walk from the class, as a reminder of the maintenance for the body’s routines.
Our movements are constructed in material and are constrained by what is unfamiliar. However, if one were to look beyond representation and language, we might better see ourselves in each other’s bodies.
Thesis Advisors: Stephanie Nadalo, Bridget O’Rourke, Evan Roth