In Embodied, four performers repeat text verbatim as they listen to remixed audio tracks of fifty-five interviewees all responding to a single prompt: “Describe a time you were acutely aware of your race.” Surveillance cameras track their movements and wireless microphones manipulate their voices, capturing the insecurity, paranoia, and absurdity of life in America during mass social unrest.
Embodied explores how we interpret messages when they’re being delivered by people with different race and gender identities– a survey of fears, defenses, and hopes as people struggle to understand their perceptions of self and others.
Collaborators in early development include Video Designer Cinthia Chen, Movement Director Nile Harris, and Movement Facilitator Channce Williams.
This work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and Brooklyn Arts Fund. Rehearsal space for Embodied was provided with generous support from HB Studio and Persona.