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My Body as the Topic Coming Around Again by Rebecca Pappas; performed by Ellen Smith Ahern, Theo Armstrong, Alexis Robbins, and Taylor Zappone; wrecked by Antonio Darden

October 26, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm


My body as the topic coming around again is a series of dances, a durational performance, and an embodied conversation that asks: Can destruction be an act of care? My body literally and metaphorically stages a conversation with white supremacy and American Modern Dance using the form of the dance wrecking. In these wrecking events, a guest artist is invited to publicly dismantle, remake, and share a volume from the collaborators’ series. The dance wrecking is a compelling way to question received dance traditions, expose audiences to the choreographic process, and explore what collective practices of decolonization can look like.

5–6pm: Open Wrecking Event: drop by and walk around the event space to watch the choreographic process in action.
6–7:30pm: Performance and Conversation
7:30: Reception
Food and drink. Dance. Conversation. 
Free and open to the public.
Rebecca Pappas makes projects that address the body as an archive for personal and social memory. Her choreography has toured nationally and internationally and she has received residencies from Yaddo and Djerassi, and funding from the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Indiana Arts Commission, the Mellon Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, The Clorox Foundation, and Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME). She is currently Assistant Professor of Dance at Trinity College, where she is a 2021 CT Office of the Arts Fellow and a Guest Artist in the Masters in Social Practice Art at University of Indianapolis.
Alexis Robbbins
Taylor Zappone


October 26, 2023
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Lamar Dodd School of Art Atrium