Please please please
“Woman! What does she want?” – Sigmund Freud
“If I could tell you that, I wouldn’t have to dance it.” – Isadora Duncan
Memory, identity, and desire: the things that define us and shape our view of the world are also slippery and ephemeral. The fleeting world of dreams transforms with every retelling; when it comes to choosing who we want to be, our very sense of self is unreliable... and sometimes, the thing we seek has been right in front of us all along.
Please please please makes solid some recent preoccupations with gender roles, expectations, (frustrated) desires and shadow-selves. The movement work is character-based, sometimes tender and sometimes confrontational, as it explores the shifting identities and changing relationships of three women seeking an unreliable truth.
Choreographed by Lise Smith
Dancers: Jennifer Hersch, Saba Hinrichs, Tzo-Zen Ang
Photos copyright Lise Smith, Duncan Grisby