Dis/Connected – A new solo work by Melissa Tuplin

“Tuplin’s Dis/Connected is at once introspective and bold. Tuplin’s intimate examination of self-expression versus self-censorship excites with its vulnerability.”  Rodrigo Flores – Review/Reflection HERE.
There’s a ragged edge between who you are and how you wish to be seen; the unknowingness of self-love and the knowingness of self-curation. A diary entry, an elegy, a battle-cry, a prayer… what is it to take care of yourself? Read more HERE.


Dis/Connected is a new solo, created from the emergence of my desire to further my individual voice as a choreographer. The work is a personal one, drawing movement inspiration from my experience of dis/connection between my perception of self and my performance of self. In creating this work, I ask the question “how much of my self-definition is filtered through choices of how to publicly represent myself?”.

As a solo choreographer, I have choices to make about movement vocabulary and self-representation and how I wish to straddle the line between performance and personal experience. Presentation of vulnerability, sexuality, extroversion and introversion are challenging to the creation of self-performed work. My ability to create and perform an honest and personal piece of choreography is often parsed through fear of how the choreography will affect the audience’s perception of who I am as a person. This dis/connection between how I self-define myself and how I wish to represent myself publicly is one that is common simply to the experience of being human, but is amplified by participation in an art form that relies on the body as a tool for presentation.

Ultimately, Dis/Connected is a piece about the nebulous and nuanced experience of womanhood, and the choices I make within those those experiences. It’s about sexuality, fear, strength, and vulnerability. It’s about the constant search for connectivity with myself and with others.

June 18 – 20, Vertigo Studio.
10:05 pm nightly, 2:15 pm and 4:35 pm June 20.
sagetheatre.com for tickets.IgnitePromo1

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