The Just In Case Woman
The Just In Case Woman is a dance installation that explores the relationship between survival and the search for safety in the 21st century. The installation features an array of chambers that explore the changing roles, responsibilities and expectations of women in our fast paced, complex, and unsteady world. This installation invites audience members to deconstruct personal survival and the search for safety through a critical lens-- looking at how women are impacted by the broader economic and social systems that govern society. This installation highlights how these systems prioritize production and consumerism over creativity, nature, time, and community, thereby creating a life out of balance. The Just in Case Woman installation celebrates the wisdom, skills, strength and power of women to restore balance to their lives and families despite external pressures. Project developed with the support of SFAC- individual artist grant 2020-21.
Opening weekend featured a multi-sensory dance installation with live performances, 3D elements, audio soundscapes and video with somatic artist Diana Lara, visual artist Kim Campisano and contemporary dancers Gizeh Muniz and Amy Wasielewski. The audience is encouraged to interact with the art while reflecting on their personal experiences related to safety. The installation seeks to provide a healing space, a place to nurture creativity and recovery in a shared environment.
Project director and choreographer: Diana Lara
Collaborator and visual artist: Kim Campisano
Performers: Gizeh Muniz, and Amy Wasielewski
Interviewees: Roberta Chavez, Mariah Rankine-Landers, Mary Fonte, Gizeh Muniz
Music: Tanya Tagaq, and music commissioned and performed by Cobrabob and Micropixie.
Where: Main Gallery Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, MCCLA. 2868 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110.
When: Dance-installation with live performances June Thursday 17- Saturday 19, 2021, 8 pm.
The Just In Case Woman work in progress was presented in a webinar hosted by Joe Goode Annex.
The webinar included excerpts of videos recorded and edited by Kim Campisano using choreographies created by Diana Lara with performers Gizeh Muniz and Amy Wasielewski. Format: 45 minute conversation about artists experiences in the process of creation of the project followed by a Q&A. November 7, 2020, 7:00 pm.
Photo credits: Kim Campisano and Diana Lara