Tin Man is an interdisciplinary performance that explores the unique aggregate of disabled body experience as art material and storyteller. This autobiographical work honors the imperfections, struggle, and accumulative narrative of the individual, drawing evidence from my personal history living with an "invisible" disability. Over the course of three months, I collaborated with two other dancers and a sound artist to develop a performance work composed of three sections incorporating live sound, light, movement, voice, and improvisation. Tin Man unveils the intricate, hidden journey unique to the invisible disability experience. Throughout this process, I have questioned our perceptions and fears surrounding strength and vulnerability, success and failure. Tin Man looks at the struggle of the individual, and asks how the wounded can transform into healers by transforming suffering into story. Facing shame and sharing it with an audience shows strength in imperfection and vulnerability, and transforms fear and emotional isolation due to invisible disability experience into a voice for the wounded.
Tin Man was presented as a twenty-five-minute performance work, with four public showings over the course of May 15 & 16, 2014. The performers consisted of myself, Mike LaHood (sound collaborator), Julynn Wilderson (dancer), and Sara Broussard (dancer). John Sanchez designed and implemented professional stage lighting. Paul Catanese and Bryan Saner worked as my faculty thesis advisors, along with significant input from Jenny Magnus. Shirley Mordine mentored the project process. The performances took place on the Conaway Center stage, 1104 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL.