Dancer Interview: Ciara McCormack
Why is dancing professionally such an important part of your life?
Dancing is a part of who I am. Sharing that passion onstage, in the classroom, and in the rehearsal studio is vital to feeding that part of myself.
How do you like to define yourself as a woman?
Oh, goodness. This question is hard! Defining my identity is a huge question for me at this time of my life, as a young adult, as a woman, as a soon-to-be-wife, as a teacher, a dancer... Every role I play in my life is influenced by my identity as a woman, and my understanding of who I am as a woman is influenced by every other role I take on. Among other things, I like to think of myself as a nurturer, a learner, an open heart, and a feminist.
Name a moment when you most felt like a woman & why?
I don't think I ever stop feeling like a woman. I might not think about it deeply or often, but it's always there. It's who I am, regardless of what I'm wearing, or what I'm doing, or how I carry myself. I am a woman, and I am that without trying.
Name a moment when you least felt like a woman & why?
Being me is being a woman. It is one of the primary things that defines who I am. Nothing takes that away from me.
Why is it important that women create art?
So many reasons. It's important that women create art for the sake of the things you learn in the midst of the creative process--the knowledge you gain about yourself and your perception of the world. BUT, it's also vital that women SHARE their art, and that the rest of the world picks up what we put down. Women's art needs to be SEEN and FELT and EXPERIENCED by the rest of the world. It drives me a little crazy to turn on the radio and hear 1 woman artist for every 9 men.
What has been the most relatable moment from the concert for you?
Oh, dear. There are a couple of moments in "Je Suis Une Femme" when the anxiety and stresses and demands of every day life just TAKE OVER. I feel that. Like, that's my whole life sometimes.
Why do you think all types of people should go see Femme?
One of the things that stands out to me in thinking about this show is that being a woman is being a human. Everyone will see pieces of themselves in this show, and everyone will come away with a deeper understanding of what it means to be part of this society, regardless of their gender identity.