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.
The day culminated in a public workshop where we play at building ideal territories in the form of provisional set designs. These are made in response to Martha’s original minimalist set and my own prompt to : make space while thinking of the FUTURE.
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Come Here Frontier was part of The Eight Hour Work Day – a series of 8 hour long performances which took place at Southern Exposure in April 2015.