Girl Gods // 2015
Girl Gods explores the ancestry of women, individuals and family—and the idea of rage. Both a visual installation and time-based performance, Girl Gods has connections to feminist artists and art practices of the 1970s, influenced by Judy Chicago's installation projects and the Earth-Body work of Ana Mendieta.
The last major work of Pat Graney Company was House of Mind, which explored the idea of memory; its accumulation and its dissolution. Girl Gods explores the ‘basement’ of House of Mind, and involves women’s family history, ancestry and rage.
“I think it is accurate to say that [Ms. Graney] is exploring the point at which the domestic realm drives down into the earth. In it, she hopes to tap into the molten force of rage with a physical language that gives expression to the undomesticated, the buried and the repressed...” George Lugg
“The fierce women of Girl Gods may be wearing cocktail dresses and little heels, but their explosive physical language and wry humor reveals the anger simmering under the surface of the collective feminine mind.” - Montclair State University
Girl Gods premiered this fall at On the Boards (October 1-4, 2015) and at Montclair State University (October 22-25, 2015). The tour will continue fall 2016 in San Diego and Miami (dates TBD).
Performers: Jody Kuehner, Sara Jinks, Sruti Desai, Jenny Peterson, Michelle de la Vega, and Cheryl Delostrinos (understudy).
Creative Team: Pat Graney (Choreography/Direction), Amy Denio (Sound Score), Holly Batt (Visual Design), Amiya Brown (Lighting Design), Frances Kenny (Costumes), John DeShazo (Engineer).
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Lynn Fisher | Frontera Arts
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October 1-4, 2015 | Premiere
On the Boards (Seattle, WA)
October 22-25, 2015
Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ)
October 21, 2016
UC San Diego (San Diego, CA)
Miami Light Project (Miami, FL)
The presentation of Girl Gods was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Girl Gods is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund/Forth Fund Project co-commissioned by On the Boards in partnership with Miami Light Project and Peak Performances at Montclair State University. For more information: www.npnweb.org
Girl Gods is supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Baisley Powell Elebash Fund, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
“Girl Gods” was made possible through Velocity Dance Center’s Strictly Seattle summer festival.
Additional funding from Boeing, 4Culture and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.
- Preview Performance at Velocity Dance Center (Seattle, WA)2014
- Work in Progress Performance at West Hall / Century Ballroom (Seattle, WA)2015
- On the Boards (Seattle, WA)2015
- Montclair State University (Montclair, New Jersey)2015
- UC San Diego (San Diego, CA)2016
- Miami Light Project (Miami, FL)2016