Exactly 1 month ago today, Intrepidus proudly presented Femme to both new and old members of the Seattle dance community. About 2 weeks prior to the show, we (much akin to how we were feeling prior to HUMAN premiering) were all a bit nervous. Given that we had allotted exactly 1 year to the creative process and rehearsals, we found ourselves collectively uneasy heading into show week.
Then, something truly beautiful happened. In the thick of putting our nose to the grindstone, there was an earnest moment that was shared: a moment of joining together as women. In the week prior to the show, we delved deeper than we had all season. With all the pieces finished, our brains and hearts were finally set free to process, enhance, and perfect. Personally, I felt freed to sit back and begin to enjoy watching what season 2 had produced--and I loved it.
When it came time to finally share these pieces upon opening, I realized it was the first time I had really felt nerves of excitement! These stories--which we had taken directly from our own lives--were ready to be put on the stage. They were real and genuine, and for us--that was all that mattered. These pieces originated from the hearts and life experiences of the choreographers, made their way through the movement and souls of the dancers, and opened the stage to a space of discovery for the viewers.
Post-show, we received a lot of positive feedback from our viewers, and from expert to novice there was an excitement and buzz in the room. More importantly however, audience members were talking about the dances they had observed. As we’ve mentioned many times, the whole point of Intrepidus is to invite and encourage new viewers of dance to explore their own involvement and interpretation what they have witnessed. Throughout the course of the weekend, I remember hearing people pin-point specific moments that directly related to their everyday lives--both women and men. These conversations have continued on in the weeks following--and in some ways it feels as if Femme is not yet over!
Before closing, I’d like to address one issue that has arisen:
SeattleDances’ review of our concert was released and while it is clearly not a review in favor of the show--I just want to respond to one specific statement. Within the article the writer states that "Je Suis Une Femme" opens with poses that “seemed to mock any expression of sexuality.”
I need to state to any woman who may have read the article; I am a firm supporter of women exploring and owning all facets of their sexuality. I also support women from every background and would never mock a “type” or “sort” of woman in my choreography. My heart is saddened that this was the interpretation taken from this piece from the writer, but more importantly I do not want any woman to feel as though I do not accept all aspects of who they are. I do, and even if I don’t know you, I’m here to support you in every facet of your womanhood.
"I am a firm supporter of women exploring and owning all facets of their sexuality."
We would like to invite all to join the continued conversations with us, and will be posting all of the videos from the concert within the coming weeks. Share, spark conversation with us and those around you, and most importantly--let’s celebrate dance!