PRESENTATION AND WORKSHOP – “Embracing the Strange”
Monday-Tuesday/ April 26-27, 2021. 5pm-7:30pm (Please attend one date)
zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/3550911268
ARTIST TALK: Liz is presenting video excerpts of her 2019 Dance-Theater production, “June Bug Rolls Toward the Sun Like a Scarab,” a multimedia, fidget-positive, over-share about dating, dance, and parenting with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
On a quest for true love and artistic survival, a woman’s transformation from larvae to beetle draws from personal stories as a queer, Chicanx dance animal in her 40’s, grappling with themes of belonging, failure and self-acceptance. Weaving elements from The Egyptian Book of the Dead, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus, and ADHD Self-Help audiobooks, she confronts the challenges and insights derived from having a neurodivergent thinking style while rolling a ball of dung [scientific dung beetle reference] for an entire lifetime. Ever present throughout the performance, her relationship with the ball as an absurdist existential theater prop becomes a symbolic representation of her relationship with ADHD.
EMBRACING THE STRANGE: WORKSHOP
Virtual workshop designed to address the stigmatized wound of “failure” for the ADHD individual, while sharing ideas around releasing shame, embracing difference and stepping into self-acceptance for atypical and typical thinkers alike. Participants will apply somatic movement practices and writing tools to increase attention, focus and self-regulation. Learn how ADHD traits such as impulsivity, fidgeting, hyperfocus, daydreaming, risk-taking, the need for an increase or decrease of stimuli are hindrances to focused attention in some contexts, yet can serve as assets in the context of dance and physical theater. Open to all. No experience necessary.
For more information on the 1st Annual INCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL: http://www.dandeliondancetheater.org/inclusive-performance-festival/
SHORT FILM/ VIRTUAL RITUAL PERFORMANCE -DATE TBA
“Dancing in the Middle of Nowhere” : A Femicide Abolition Ceremony
Are you safe? On a pilgrimage through the Mojave desert, a woman and her dog meet the elements with teeth, lungs and a neurodivergent heart. The desert mythos transform her body into sky only miles from where the remains of a woman’s corpse were recently found. Forensics were only able to identify her by her teeth.
Over the last year during the pandemic, I have been working on my art practice with a solo focus both in Oakland (Ohlone territory) as well as parts of Southern California (Mojave/Cahuilla and Tongva Desert Territory). I am currently gathering new footage for a process I am undertaking confronting my fears and ideas of freedom, while being alone in a desert as a female-identified granddaughter of Mexican immigrants.
Statistics of femicide and gender-based violence in border towns continue along with an increase of domestic-violence during the pandemic world-wide. The idea of safety in the “middle of nowhere” is to be explored and confronted through dance, by harnessing wind and following somatic instincts. I am in equal parts afraid of rattlesnakes as I am of men with guns.