The Just in Case Woman Provisional Realities of 21st Century Women’s Empowerment & Survival Addresses & questions the nature of Safety, Power, Mobility, Security and Identity across classes, races, ages
Description “The Just in Case Woman” (JIC woman) explores the dark underbelly of women’s empowerment. In the 21st century--in developed and developing countries--there is a strong and positive discourse about women’s empowerment and the right of women to have autonomy. But, we want to question that framework, by showing the double-edged sword of this discourse in terms of the creation of high expectations, a state of constant planning, anxiety, and competition. Moreover, we want to open a reflection about women's need to be empower as a reflection of a search for safety in this fast paced, complex, and unsteady world. In the past, many women found safety through marriage and maternity. How do women from the 21st century find safety? What is the relationship between empowerment and safety?
Choreographer Diana Lara, and visual artist Kim Campisano embarked in a collaboration based on their common desire to explore and share with others what means to be a woman in this globalized world in the 21st century.
We desire to build the piece using the experience from diverse races/ethnicities, migration status, ages, socio-economic level, and/or sexual orientation. We had interview four women and ask them questions about the process of navigation of multiple roles in life, the experience of transitioning from one role to another and/or multi-tasking, what they have given up and leant to survive as women in the 21st century, and their relationships with safety and empowerment.
Base on the content of the interviews we are creating scripts and dialogues, that exemplify different case scenarios of JIC women using video, fragments of recorded interviews, dance, and a sound landscape. We will be developing the piece next year. Dancers in the project are: Debbie Taylor, and Gizeh Munoz