I interrogate assumptions around identity. As a choreographer my interest lies in the vast information stored within our bodies. This includes inherited information, which if left unconsidered will unconsciously communicate the culture of established institutions or if considered, can be manipulated to challenge assumptions of self.

Additionally, as a performer I am interested in a performance practice that questions the assumptions we hold in our bodies about ourselves. Assumptions that determine physical organizations that we “put on” to communicate “ourselves.” I believe that it is through society’s expectations coupled with occupying habitual and repetitive roles that we grow accustomed to performing a self that can be said to be no more or less valid than any other.

My work explores the gradation of performativity, playing with the dynamic range between pedestrian to hyperbolic performance states. The basis of my artistic practice shifts through these states of performativity by occupying various physiological and psychological states and the various rates that this can happen. Fueled by the dynamics of the corporeal body and its dramaturgy, my practice recognizes that we are trapped in limited bodies by our habitual movements and stories. I challenge these forms through their donning and un-working, believing that radically inhabiting the body leads to social reform. 

I seek to invest in the notion that bodies are perpetually engaged in ceaseless processes of biological, social, and cultural performance. As a rule, my work is meant to challenge both the audience’s and performer’s sense of engagement with these expectations. An increased range of possibilities will become increasingly more available for us to perform within ourselves and view among others.

ercedes Searer