Photo credit: Crystal Birns

Rule of Thumb (2016/7)

Rule of Thumb is an on-going collaborative project with Atlanta-based choreographer, Lori Teague.

Together they examine the landmarks and influential voices or constructs that have shaped their identity- taught them how to be women.They study natural states of being– those that create resiliency, those that emerge from authenticity, and those that offer mechanisms for survival.  Expressing emotion, action, and imagery in these states becomes an act of living in the body’s center. Movement unveils the unique textures and complexities of our personal histories.

Sharing their process with different communities has been critical to their process as they continue to build this work that was inspired by Teague’s 1992 piece by the same name. In this ever fluid and evolving environment, they collectively ask: How do we live in our bodies? What has shaped our identity? How do we survive transitional moments?

It is being created with support from the Motion Pacific Artist Residency program and a grant from the Network of Ensemble Theaters’ Travel and Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.