A paired solo with Etymology (2015), Cartography is a love poem that emerges from the formal romance of Bharatanatyam but collides with more idiosyncratic lexicons to become a disputed map of lust and lament. Through text, affect, gesture, and a direct, intimate relationship with the audience, the piece embodies the heightened quality of classical poetry. It exposes the desire of the female body and allows it to be viewed and consumed and celebrated. In having the female body desire publicly, Cartography lays bare the weight and want of an ordinary human experience—to have loved and lost and always loved.
With original music by Marcel Zaes.