This dance piece explores the human experience of covering up who we truly are by wearing different masks; and the process of creating, maintaining, and dismantling them to find our true selves. Experiences can get stuck in the body, and to be understood and processed it's necessary to move through them. We move through layers of our form, both human and non-human aspects of the self. The integration of the external senses and sciences with the inner dialogue of thoughts and feelings is a goal of Core Energetics, a type of somatic-spiritual-psycho-therapy, which is where this idea of the "masked self" is coming from.
"The mask self is the outer layer of the personality, the self we superficially identify with, the face we show to the world. It is the self we think we ought to be, or wish we could be, based on idealized mental images" -The Undefended Self
This work could not have been done without the help from collaborators; Jana worked closely with Patsy and Charlie, where they sourced movement and material together. Charlie Stellar of San Francisco, CA filmed and edited the video for this performance, and Wil Scarlet of Nevada City, CA created the music.
Jana Zahler is a dancer, massage therapist, and Core Energetics student. She received a bachelors degree in Dance and Sociology from University of Oregon; and her love for movement allows her to explore sensation and receive awareness through the body-mind-spirit connection. With a post-modern background, she also practices Compositional Improvisation, which has taught her a new way of showing up in life. The agreements with the work are: show up, pay attention, tell the truth, and to be open to outcome.
Charlie Stellar is a dancer, a prancer, a shape shifting romancer. She is interested in cross-training creativity with many kinds of art and stimulus. Modeling, Photography, Choreography, Drawing, Music Making and more. A couple of years ago she discovered she could combine most of these things in one art form; Dance Film. Sexy, silly, self taught, and steeped in site specific experimentation, Charlie explores her love of movement through making dance films and music videos.
It's very exciting.
Patsy Morris is an artist of many forms, dance, theater, song, costumes and collage. She uses all of these elements to create performance art pieces. She has been a long time devotee of movement and expression. Discovering what is means to inhabit this human body as an empath. She uses dance to create pieces that are strongly based in character, storytelling and theater.
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