Bryant Park Shoeshine, 2016
42nd Street and 5th Avenue, Manhattan, New York City
For this participatory public performance, I bought a pair of all-white Air Force 1's and received a shoeshine at the stand on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan. The work embeds itself in the practice of shoe-shining to explore it's material and metaphorical qualities, and it's relationship to aspects of identity, power, and labor.
Training Performance, in collaboration with Marcela Torres
EXPLODE! Midwest: queer dance (presented by the DSA annual conference)
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
This performance was curated by Clare Croft and Anna Martine Whitehead, as part of EXPLODE! queer dance: Midwest, and was shown concurrently and sponsored by the 2019 Dance Studies Association Conference, titled Dancing in Common, which took place at various locations in Chicago, including Northwestern University, Links Hall, and the Hilton Orrington Hotel.
For our performance, Marcela and I (both amateur fighters) created a 45-minute workout– including warm-up, drills, sparring, and stretching– which incorporated drills and techniques from both of our disciplines (Muay Thai and western boxing) and used the lobby of the Hilton Orrington as our training location.