Living Legacy | February 2 - 13, 2020
Living Legacy artist Pat Graney came to MANCC for the first time to further her latest work, ATTIC. The work is a follow-up to Girl Gods, which won two New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” awards in 2016: one for Outstanding Production and one for Visual Design. Both of these works are part of a triptych, the first of which, House of Mind, was a performance/installation created in a 5,000 square foot warehouse in Seattle, WA in 2008 that then subsequently toured as a performance/installation to Diverseworks in Houston, TX in 2009 and Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI in 2011.
ATTIC explores the rape of female culture. Young girls who are raped have a change in brain chemistry that they live with for the rest of their lives. Those who have a support network and who seek therapeutic care have a better chance of regaining a semblance of health, but some young women who never come forward to speak about their assault commit suicide. The isolation and fear that accompanies sexual assault and the often-abusive relationships that follow are common, and send victims into an ever-devolving spiral from which many never recover.
In speaking to and of this issue, Graney is working with wildly off-balance movement contrasted with small, constricted physical tasks that situate themselves in a stark, disheveled environment, alongside images of the mundane and the fantastic: white cakes, dozens of white pencils, large projections of albino moose, rabbits, whales, and Arctic foxes. Through this juxtaposition, ATTIC explores sexual assault, suicide, and beatific visions of the afterlife in which the victim imagines both safety and relief.
While at MANCC, Graney met with two FSU scholars across the discipline of psychology: Dr. Colleen Kelley, whose research focuses on human memory and Dr. Walter Boot who is an expert on aging and applied cognition.
At the conclusion of her residency, Graney hosted an open work-in-progress showing and discussion in the School of Dance. This showing, which was also attended by Dr. Kelley, included excerpts of movement material as well as video footage from an underwater film shoot that Graney and her collaborators completed together on location at Madison Blue Springs State Park with School of Dance Technology and Lab Assistant, Jennie Petuch.
ATTIC was scheduled to premiere at On the Boards, Seattle, WA, from June 4 - 7, 2020, but has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.