Choreographer Kate Mitchell was, despite herself, horrified when she discovered wrinkles and sagging start to take hold on her skin. But then she pushed back, artistically.
Mitchell had photographer Alessandra Mello take close-up photos of her skin and bones, and what emerged was a topography that Mitchell saw repeated in nature. Extrapolating from this connection and developing a collaborative performance, Mitchell created Terrain, a dance, fashion and photography project on view November 18 and 19 at the ODC theater.
With the various media, the show explores the world of aging bodies, celebrating the process that shapes our bodies and the world around us while also acknowledging the marginalization of aging women.
Though the dancers range in age from 22 to 57, four dancers, all in their fifties, anchor the show.
“The dancers are all smart and energetic, and they dance beautifully, each in their unique way,” said Mitchell. “The mature dancers’s elegance, wisdom, and depth of feeling evokes the ‘terrain’ they have traveled and that the younger dancers are just beginning to experience.”