I am sustained and inspired to create by the precious moments of this simple, singular life…these do not have to be ecstatic moments, but can be daily moments–as long as I am awake enough to truly perceive them. This is why I must create (and I believe all humans must create in some way)—because it is one of the truest places for me to know the depth, complexity and beauty of all it means to be human. It is the place I can be the most honest, the most free of social conventions and boxes, and the most natural me. I am drawn to raw and rough expression, experiences that make me unsure of whether I am laughing or crying, and bodies/minds/actions on the edge of living. Social and Ecological issues, although admittedly addressed through abstraction, are also an underlying impetus of my work. Diversity, Wildness, Culture, Domesticity, Presence and Femininity are topics I often wrestle with in both my daily life and creative life and I believe it is through engaged creative practice and awareness that we can best begin to understand these things and develop more compassionate ways of being in the world.
This is also why I am drawn to teach–in order to share this experience with others, to support the liberation of the human creative spirit, and to connect deeply with all the myriad forms of life in an effort to discover together better models of living and being together on this planet. In my workshops I am interested in providing the opportunity for deep self and collective inquiry through disciplined physical practice, thoughtful creative practice and engaged states of primal intimacy.
“Eccentric Dance Goddess. Misterioso Butoh Dance Mistress.”
—Willamette Weekly, Portland, OR