April 27, 2018

Debut of my first performance art series in the Tampa Bay Area...








Solo interactive show by Amber DiPietra in an intimate venue, as part of The Tampa Fringe Festival. 


Go here for tickets. www.tampafringe.org 



Thurs, May 3, 730pm. 
Fri, May 4th, 1030pm. 
Sat, May 5th, 5pm. 
Sun, May 6th, 215pm.  
Weds, May 9th, 6pm.
Sat, May 12th, 730pm.



@ HCC Studio Theatre - 1411 E 11th Avenue, Ybor City, FL 33605
For disability access questions and requests, including ASL, please contact me. 415 867 1124. amberdipietra@gmail.com



This piece explores how theater can be experienced as bodywork--like a massage, a yoga class, a therapeutic zen dance session. It is a meditation on gravity, rest, flow, and slow movement through experiments in physical improv and contact. Diverse bodies and abilities unfold into variable social sculptures.



Some theorists say disability is a social performance, situated along a spectrum of what is considered “the normal body”. The same could be said for the normal body. How normal is your body? How does it move? How has it hoped to move? What is your gravity story? A broken bone, a decade older or younger, the thing that slipped out of your hand? An understanding that drifted towards you at an elegant angle?



What if we went the opposite way of rush and grasp and push and leap, but instead to sea level--to slow, to soft slopes? Letting all bodies into the choreography, what unfolds when lying down or floating? Do you have your best ideas gliding sideways through a dream just before waking up? In this show, a poetic soundscape meets your inner monologue where it is at, invites you in, body and mind. Here where stillness and quiet is performance too. Exploring disability and the spectrum of physicality, intimacy, body work, presence and connection.



The piece draws on the work of integrated dance companies (troupes composed of both disabled and non-disabled dancers) like Axis Dance of the San Francisco Bay Area and Heidi Latsky Co. of NYC; Marina Abramovic’s “The Artist Is Present”; American Apparel’s 2010 series of ads with disabled model, Jes Sachse; the painter Sunaura Taylor; and many other other performers in the disability culture movement and somatic arts fields.