Choreographed by: Chantal Cherry Performance by: Casey Brown and Chantal Cherry Original Score by: Ben Talmi Lighting Design by: Chantal Cherry Photography by: Charles Han Videography provided by: The State Theatre
Our Bodies At Night is currently a 25-minute duet that explores romantic intimacy between two women who powerfully support each other through symbiotic weight-bearing, sensual movement. Born from Chantal’s desire to see herself, as a queer individual, and her relationship represented through dance, Our Bodies At Night, investigates the close tenderness and inherent rejection of lovers through the language of touch, proximity, and intimacy. This work is presented as abstract by way of a gestural language that evolves into a fluid and physical movement vocabulary. Furthermore, this duet serves to strip the body of the socially conditioned gender constructs associated with femme-presenting women. It redefines what femininity can look like as they maintain their woman-ness throughout while performing movement often associated with masculinity.
Chantal’s aim is to represent and normalize lesbian relationships like her own as she believes visibility contributes to collective healing of shame. She intends to show queer people as they are doing regular human things like falling in love rather than focusing on topics that involve the tragedy of queerness -- a narrative that is so often fetishized and exploited. To some extent, Chantal intends to strip the people on stage to being simply human. These are two people living their lives in a healthy, queer relationship that requires navigation and support like any other.
Performance History Craft Choreography Series curated by Hygin Delimat, Vienna Austria (2019) Highways Performance Space, Los Angeles, USA (2019) Dance Umbrella Africa Festival, Pretoria, South Africa (2019) Movement Research Work-in-Progress Showing, New York City, USA (2019) Glorya Kaufman Theatre, LosAngeles, USA (2018)