College and University LECTURE DEMONSTRATIONS
Wet Spots: Solo
Part dancing, part clowning and part history of female orgasm. Wet Spots: Solo is a culmination of four years of research in libraries, rehearsal studios, and a wide variety of performance spaces. Throughout this process Christine asked women to tell her about their first and most memorable orgasms. Using one woman’s answers as the score, she created a physical and theatrical landscape. The interviewed woman speaks of her youth that was abundant with big and crazy orgasms and then her present-day difficulty in finding that ‘right’ spot. Interspersed in the recorded interview, the performer (Christine) reveals herself as the ‘orgasm researcher.’ She speaks and dances excerpts of her research of female orgasm. As the “historian’ progresses, she shows that she is in fact in search of her own orgasm. Ultimately it ends with her finding her orgasm and toasting with the audience. “May we all have as many orgasms as we wish this year.”
-12 minute performance and 20-30 minute post-performance discussion
-Discussion points: The intention of this work is to educate about female sexuality and also (and more importantly) to allow for a conversation to happen – shining a light on an unspoken and even shameful subject. Why it is so hard for some women to have orgasms with a partner? Why do some women fake their orgasms and what does it take to get past faking it? How does that conversation happen? What is the seed of the fear that keeps this conversation from taking place? Are we afraid to experience pleasure?
Books/articles of interest:
- Steintrager, James. “Are You There Yet?”: Libertinage and the Semantics of the Orgasm
- Maines, Rachel. The Technology of Orgasm
- Koedt, Anne. The Myth of Vaginal Orgasm
- Irigaray, Luce. The sex which is not one.
- Laqueur, Thomas. 1990. Making Sex: Body and Gender From the Greeks to Freud.
an absurdly poetic dance theater work that speaks with a joyfully impolite voice about contemporary motherhood.
In MOTHER. Christine Suarez creates a tour-de-force self-portrait of her transition into motherhood. Christine dramatizes the conflict among the multiplicity of her shifting, struggling identities: mother, artist, scholar, laundress, food-provider, wife and maybe eventually a sex partner. Channeling a mix of Sandra Bernhard and Pina Bausch, Christine finds the poetry and heartbreak while mining the absurdity of our collective and often times idealized image of motherhood. The tumult of her transition is expressed in juxtaposing images using stunning and simple visual transformations. MOTHER. is deeply personal: inspired by the birth of her son and death of her nephew. Yet, it also reaches out to grapple with some of the conceptual complexities of motherhood – digging into the tension between cultural expectations of mothers and the demands of everyday life. This work goes feet first into confines of the ideology of motherhood.
-45 minute performance and 15-20 minute post performance discussion
MOTHER. has an “acute sense of humor and insight.” It’s “likeable, playful, honest, heartfelt (heart wrenchingly so – I CRIED), accessible [and] hip.” –Georgia Perry, Santa Cruz Weekly
“The multi-talented mater serio-comically enacted some of the labors and–sometimes unmentioned–responsibilities of post-Steinem 21st century motherhood.” Benn Widdey, The LAist
-Discussion points: How has the role of mother changed in the past fifty years? What is a “good” mother? How does one’s culture inform the answer to that? What are the cultural expectations of how to mother? What are some the everyday “realities” of contemporary mothering? Discuss some potential work-family conflicts that women face. Speak about all of these points providing cultural context.
Books/articles of interest:
- DiQuinzio, P. The Impossibility of Motherhood: Feminism, Individualism and the Problem of Mothering, Hypatia, volume 8, Issue 3, pages 1-20, August 1993
- Glenn, E., Chang, G. and Forcey, L. (eds.), 1994. Mothering: Ideology, Experience and Agency.
- Hays, S. 1996. The Cultural Contradictions of Motherhood.
- O’Reilly, A. (Ed.) 2010. 21st century motherhood. Experience, Identity, Policy, Agency.
- Rich, A. 1976. Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution.
- Wolf, N. 2001. Misconceptions: Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood.
Classes for Adult Dancers
All classes are customized to match any level of student from novice mover to experienced professional dancer.
Master Class: Contemporary dance (level range: adult students-professional dancers)
This class focuses on dance as a physical, conceptual and experiential practice with an emphasis of cultivating presence inside of the form. Drawing from a range of somatic practices like Iyengar yoga, Pilates, Klein technique, and Bartenieff Fundamentals we begin each class with a continuous warm-up with the intent to honor our own pathways for connecting into our bodies. Using these forms we become present in our breath, weight, tension and release. We next apply some technical exercises that incorporate principles from anatomy, kinesiology, and stretch and placement. We begin to construct potentially new ways to organize and sense our bodies in space. We conclude class with a choreographic phrase that emphasizes finding the extremities of movement with sharp tempo changes, exaggerated dynamic shifts, and seemingly “unnatural” structure sequencing.
Anatomy Workshop: A concise and essential overview of anatomy for dancers and movers.
Self-Massage for Dancers: Ms. Suarez has developed this class of head to toe tips and tricks for self-care drawing upon her ten plus years experience as a New York State licensed massage therapist.
Living as a Dance Artist: How do you survive? How do you make a living? How do you explain all of this to your parents. A presentation that outlines the nuts and bolts: resources for dancers ranging from training programs to artist service organizations.
CLASSES FOR YOUNG DANCERS
”It made me feel more confident about myself and be who I wanted to be.” - Brooklyn P.S. 16 sixth grade student
Master Class: for younger dance students, An Exploration of the Creative Process (for ages 7-15 years, level beginners-advanced)
This class focuses on the discovery of skills and tools used to create a dance: space, story, imagery, musicality. By actively engaging the students with artistic content, materials and methods, they learn that they CAN create art and access personal expression.
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