Artists in Residence: Maya Soto + Nico Tower


Maya Soto (Pacific Northwest Choreographer/Dance Educator) + Nico Tower (Cuban American Queer Composer/Multidisciplinary Artist) blend dance, music and theater to create a candid, thought provoking ensemble performance. Eight contemporary dancers (ages 18-36) bring their experiences as Queer, Cis, Hispanic, African American, Asian American and first-generation womxn to the community. The Beautiful Carcass Project examines the complexities of living in a female body with a series of dance performances, open showings + community discussions, youth dance workshops and an online story sharing forum.

In response to the open disrespect of womxn’s bodies and attacks on reproductive rights in the current political climate, this work is an act of resistance and a course of healing. We reflect this work back to the wider world through live performance and community dialogue.

This project is supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture.

SIDF Spotlight on Seattle Series | June 13, 2017 @ Broadway Performance Hall
May 11-13 and 18-20, 2018 @ Alhadeff Studio Theater at Cornish Playhouse

Beautiful Carcass is a bewitching world where everything is on display. Hyper-glamorized imagery juxtaposed with the mundane explores a tangled web of shame, pride, humor, despair, isolation and camaraderie. The performers reflect the interplay between objectification and empowerment through strength and resiliency as they navigate an insidious desire to capture and own beauty. In a culture driven by youth, money and competition, glamour is a source of power that quickly becomes distorted. The pursuit of the beautiful body becomes relentless and internalized, an object to be squeezed, sculpted, hacked at and zipped up. Through centuries of subjugation across many cultures the female form has been revered, hoarded, cherished and abused. A dark, alluring carnival for the senses, Beautiful Carcass shines light on womxn’s issues through lenses of intersectional feminism and surrealist fantasy.

Open Showings + Community Discussions
First one: November 19 | 2-4pm @ SHIFT Movement and Healing Arts
A facilitated sharing of the work in progress and community discussion around gender, race, sexuality, and body positivity.

Mighty Chix: Free Youth Dance Workshops
In Partnership with Rainier Dance Center

Mighty Chix: A body positive movement workshop exploring self-image, relationships, assertiveness, empowerment, and solidarity among girls and womxn. We address the challenges girls face today in a fun, safe and creative environment. Through movement, theater games, writing and discussion we navigate self-image and body positivity. Activities inspire resilience, reflection and self-expression through the power of dance. 

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