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I’m an interdisciplinary artist. As a mixed-race Indonesian-American, I live between my assimilation and my Javanese ancestry. My queer, transgender, non-binary body performs multiple border-crossings. My performances celebrate liminality and non-linear storytelling and explore legacies of colonial empire. I employ non-Western dance and mythology to unwind colonial conditioning. I am concerned with the question of whether, and how, embodied healing and anti-colonial storytelling can be used to de-condition the body and untangle entrenched assimilation. With this core question in mind, I make dance improvisation works, experimental theater, multimedia installations, and performance art that address and subvert political histories. To read more, see my bio and artist statement or check out my artist CV. You can also find writing and press about my work.

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Activating Deconstructions in Dance and Performance
Brown University
May 1, 2020 | 7pm ET
Watch via Zoom

Thanks to an invitation from choreographer and Professor J Dellecave, I’m giving an artist talk alongside Sara Jimenez that is open to the public. Join us as we talk about our embodied approaches to invisible histories, dis/orientation, and deconstructing political and historical narratives, as well as how our artistic practices are evolving in response to the current global health pandemic. 

This event is hosted by Theatre Arts & Performance Studies at Brown University and will be recorded and later available via BAI at Home following the event.


If you are interested in chatting about my work, or booking a workshop or performance, you can message me directly by emailing me at zave [at] zavemartohardjono [dot] com.