Land/escapes was made in collaboration with J Dellecave and was first performed at AUNTS x Beach Sessions Rockaway Edition on August 25 and 26, 2018 —several blocks from the ocean in Brooklyn, NY. Land/escapes investigates questions personal and collective relationships to land, displacement, and decolonization. An hour-long durational improvisation, Dellecave and I move through the landscape in slow-motion in sculptural costumes accompanied by amplified nature sounds that emanate from our bodies. An altered sense of time and space in this piece prompts a heightened awareness of spatial and architectural detail around us. A contemplative performance, Land/escapes nods towards the transformation of time, space, and place.

As artists, we carry embodied questions in this improvisation: How do we as performers acknowledge that space is NOT empty, NOT blank, NOT uninhabited, but instead filled with a vast array of histories and presences (including those pleasant, unpleasant, ambiguous, and/or unknown)? How can we engage with the historical, geographical, and visual complexities of landscape without simply demanding that the focus be our individual bodies? How do anti-oppression and decolonizing frameworks intersect with or disrupt somatic intelligence? How do we bring our bodies’ non-central nervous system’s knowings into conversation with social and political issues?

Land/escapes was featured in a New York Times write up “Taking a Dance Vacation at Rockaway.”

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Land/escapes at Beach Sessions with Zave Martohardjono and J Dellecave. Photo credit: Arnaud Falchier.

• August 26, 2018

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