I am interested in investigating and asking questions that initiate conversation and provoke thought around human rights, belonging, identity and philosophy. Why? Because I believe through conversation we make deep connections, create community with insiders and outsiders, open hearts, and change perceptions. To me this is a way of blurring the lines between art and life creating a place of artistic self-expression using ones surroundings, natural abilities, and common people. For me this is theater in the moment, which I think can be heightened to create social and political change.
I am fascinated and passionate in how everyday tasks engage people’s memory, lineage, culture and lifestyles. Through talking with people about the art/ritual or task of doing laundry, I discovered how this everyday ritual changes through generations, and trends. Even though the way we do everyday tasks changes through the years, the memories live on for people of every age to reflect, engage and subsequently transform their life and others.
As I started thinking and envisioning The Last Tea Party, I knew that I wanted to evoke conversations that would draw from different areas of life. The Last Tea Party embraces an ancient rock formation site that history suggests was built by the Celtics, friends having tea, two yoga teachers chanting, speaking and moving in a formal spiritual practice, and a woman retelling her story of life and death.
My day begins when I leave my home drive to the train station and get on the Harlem line to Grand Central. My commuting community and myself share the same morning, afternoon and evening ritual of travel through public spaces. My commuting community and I walk through Grand Central down to the subway or out into the street. We find a cab or get on a bus or simply walk to our destination. I assume that we all are making our way to work, school, play and finally home again. What do we have in common? We are all going somewhere within the many different places and spaces in the Big Apple.