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what can be (un)done?

what can be (un)done?
Shannon Stewart: Performing myself giving a lecture as a performance

Tues., Jan 23, 2018 | 7pm
Tickets: $5-$10 suggested donation

Inspired by theories that conceptualize the body, identity and performativity, "what can be (un)done?" asks what is possible through our ritualized engagement in bodily training. Shannon examines her own somatic research and analysis of where theory intersects materiality. What has been embedded in her body? How are social structures choreographed and what does this have to do with making dances?  Shannon will try to explain as much as possible without talking.

Shannon Stewart is a choreographic artist who splits her time between New Orleans and Europe (with her heart deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest). Her company, Screaming Traps, explores the intersection of dance practices, embodied identities and social choreographies.  For Shannon, the body’s participation in everyday life and social systems is an opportunity for choreographic research.  Simultaneously, the practice of dance rituals holds potential for untraining, retraining, making and unmaking. She has started, led and researched art spaces in different cities in the US (including co-founding the Vera Project in Seattle), which underpins much of her thinking about what we make, how we make it and how we exchange in different settings.

Shannon Stewart’s performance work for stage, film and gallery has been presented in the US, Canada and Europe. She interpreted the work of Tino Seghal, Joan Jonas, and Deborah Hay and performed with tEEth, zoe | juniper, Kathleen Hermesdorf and many others.  She works as an independent scholar, educator, and choreographer in festivals, universities and contemporary art centers. She has a BA in Urban Design from the University of Washington and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Dance Performance from Tulane University.