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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 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Since 2020 we (Rebecca Pappas and her collaborators) have been developing My Body as the Topic Coming Around Again, a three-volume dancework that unravels the tangled threads of white womanhood and American modern dance. Centered around Land, (In)Visibility, and Care, these dances traverse dualities of freedom/control; sincerity/satire; tenderness/violence; beauty/monstrosity.

The project utilizies “dance wrecking,” a practice of choreographic feedback created by American choreographer Susan Rethorst. But, in this project we are repurposing it for political aims. Embedded in the invitation to wreck these dances is a call to work collaboratively to disrupt patterns and legacies of colonization and white supremacy in dance.

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 I have 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
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Lamar Dodd School of Art Atrium