My Body as the Topic Coming Around Again

My Body as the Topic Coming Around Again
Thursday, October 26 at 5 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Atrium (first floor)

5–6 PM
Open Wrecking Event: drop by and walk around the event space to watch the choreographic process in action

6–7:30 PM
Performance and Conversation

7:30 PM

My Body as the Topic Coming Around Again is 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. 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.

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.

By Rebecca Pappas; performed by Ellen Smith Ahern, Theo Armstrong, Alexis Robbins, and Taylor Zappone; wrecked by Antonio Darden. For more information visit:

Sponsored by the Georgia Review with additional support from the UGA Arts Collaborative, Department of Dance, and Lamar Dodd School of Art.