Performance: White Women are Hungry

Monday, April 26 @ 6:00 pm CST
Wednesday, April 28 @ 6:00 pm CST

Choreographer: Rebecca Pappas
Performers: Ellen Smith Ahern, Fern Katz, Taylor Zappone
Videography: Tori Lawrence
Music: Flowers by Julia Wolfe

Artist’s Statement: White Women Are Hungry is a failed dance project created in collaboration with performers Ellen Smith Ahern, Fern Katz, and Taylor Zappone. We are three white passing cisgendered women, trying to understand the ways our bodies have been trained into whiteness – through modern dance classes, messaging and bodily practice around wellness, femininity, domesticity, and land. It is failing because since the day we are born in the US our bodies grow within and are defined by white supremacist ideologies and practices. In this dance we are simply attempting to make this whiteness visible, knowing that it thrives on invisibility, secrecy, and the unsaid. While the project is ongoing, this dance film iteration of the project was created in Spring 2020 and will premiere in 2021.

Rebecca Pappas is a choreographer whose projects address the body as an archive for personal and social memory. Her work has toured nationally and internationally and she has received residencies from Yaddo and Djerassi, and funding from the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Indiana Arts Commission, the Mellon Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, The Clorox Foundation, and Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME). She is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

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