Performance: Proximity

Friday, April 23 @ 6:00 pm CST
Saturday, April 24 @ 6:00 pm CST

Choreographer & Performer: Jilissa Cotten
Director: Jilissa Cotten & Larry Cashion
Cinematography & Editing: Larry Cashion
Music: way home by Rachel Portman

Artist’s Statement: The human body is a metaphor for the earth in crisis and the dancer is representative of what the earth needs right now which is healing and connection.  Without the environment and our relationship with our ecosystem, that healing can’t take place.  Therefore, our relationship to the ecosystem in which we live is vital not only for our own health symbiosis but for others who are searching for healing and connection. The choreographer and the director chose the location of the Art Museum of South Texas because not only are there works of art within this space, the actual architecture of the building is a piece of art in and of itself.  The relationship between the dancer and the works of art is a catalyst to create the healing relationships, connection, and communication.

Jilissa Cotten is the Associate Professor and Director of Dance for the Dept. of Theatre & Dance at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Ms. Cotten started the program from the ground up in 2006. Her vitae includes original choreography produced nationally and internationally, including Austria, Mexico, and Costa Rica.  She is the creator and producer of the annual Bailando International Dance Festival (

Larry Cashion enjoys art, culture, and communication/consciousness studies, along with the diversity of expressions. His expressive vehicles are theater, visual documentation, exploring stream of consciousness, and food.  What he creates is dimensional and layered, though connected in sensed meaning, experience, and the emergent moment.  Larry has an Associate’s Degree in Radio, Television, and Film, a Bachelor’s in Communication Studies and continues his studies in Communication, Consciousness, and Culture.

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