TERRITORY presented at Movement Research at the Judson Church on February 19, 2018. Video by Quentin Burley. Photos by Cherylynn Tsushima.
Inspired by the resurgence of isolationist, anti-immigrant rhetoric in the U.S. and the U.K., TERRITORY considers histories of man-made colonial borders and the migrations and genocides that are archived in the land. This site-specific interdisciplinary performance has a visual arts installation component. Responsive to where it is displayed and performed (New York and Omaha are two sites of current research), I consider how territories come to be, who conquers and who is disappeared, and our continued and complex relationships to those legacies.
In TERRITORY, I perform as a character based on the Hindu deity and mother-goddess Kali who symbolizes the dual forces of creation and destruction. As this character, I deliver a message to audiences—singing, dancing, prophesying, and relaying a parable about a fictional island whose borders have been created by colonizers. As you experience the performance, you are told this island is your home, and you, the inhabitants, are part of a divided community that has internalized difference.