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ob·serve verb \əb-ˈzərv\ ob·served ob·serv·ing is an exploration in gaze, and the interplay between the ability for self-awareness and the power of the collective. Ms. Searer seeks to challenge what it means to be performing, and what an honest performance is by communicating the porous separation between bodies. This results in a blurring of the boundary between performer and audience. In this piece, it is a lonely world, a world of no performance, or a world of not knowing, of extreme self-consciousness, and of always questioning if the performance is worthwhile performing


Sarah Collins-Napier, Tara Fenamore, Kate Kernochan, Dawn Kinstle, Mercedes Searer, and Emily Sharp. *Performers

John Yanelli – Arrangement and score.  Assise by Camille, and River by Mountain Man. Excerpts from Hey U by Basement Jaxx, Arvo Part, Kannon Pokajanen Ode III, Estonian Philharmonic. *Music

Melissa Alexis Bruce *Lighting Design

Mercedes Searer  *Costumes and Choreography

Length: 15 minutes


May 2011, Premiere  Bessie Schönberg Dance Theatre. PAC (Bronxville, NY)

October 15, 2011 Greenspace Take Root Series (Queens, NY)