Come Here Frontier
Martha Graham’s dance called Frontier is a ghost in the background of this project. The original Frontier was made
in the Great Depression and was about American westward expansion via the character of a young pioneer woman. I am curious about what I’ll learn by embodying this mythic part of American identity – endlessly hopeful, hungry for space, and future-driven no matter the sinking of the ship. Also, I’d like to explore gentler forms of space making…is there a way to make some space around here* without being a jerk?
During the 6 hour performance/installation I search for spaciousness and practice non-progress based modes of being in + making space. I hold a staring contest with a string horizon line, I create a piece of land to inhabit which is made from rocks I’ve been taking from new construction sites all around the city, I hold office hours for daydreaming and nonsense, I do a re-creation of Frontier – optimistic dance moves to a point of exhaustion, maybe while wearing a bonnet.
The processes of the day are slow but yet they never come to a stop and everything keeps changing always. The land shakes, the horizon line wins the staring contest.