Brave in a New World, Choreographed by Judy Dworin, at the Greater Hartford Academy for the Arts, 2016
For the object/set design for Brave, we worked with the idea of confinement and cold materials as may be experienced in prison. I designed a series of cubes of varying size that were fitted to the bodies of the dancers. In this way, the boxes could operate as an extension of the dancer’s own body, externalizing their own constraints, while simultaneously conveying the societal constrictions of imprisonment. The cubes, with their geometrical and human-made aesthetics, contrasted with the bodies of the dancers. Their movements needed to adapt to fit in with the harsh angularity of the cubes, symbolizing the way that we humans need to conform and adapt to the rules of society.