Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein, co-Artistic Directors of the exciting new company RAWdance, present Scripting Intimacies, a co-sponsored project of the Center for Sex and Culture, where the work will premiere May 23-25, 2005. Founded in 2004, RAWdance aims to explore the power and vulnerability of the human body through driven, visceral movement. Set amidst an installation of original photography by queer photographer and collaborator Shawn Tamaribuchi, Scripting Intimacies marks RAWdance’s first full-length work. The piece was developed in part through an AIRspace residency at the Jon Sims Center for the Arts.
Drawing on the history of sexology, Scripting Intimacies explores how definitions imposed on our physical and sexual identities impact our self-perception and our intimate relationships. Throughout history, the human body has been scienced, looked at through a medical lens to derive narratives of our sexual histories and to create maps of our sexuality. Through a mixture of dynamic movement and intricate partnering, RAWdance examines our struggle to defy science in order to define our own gender and sexuality. Blending dance, photography, and theatrical elements, Scripting Intimacies creates an entrancing and eerie world.
Scripting Intimacies is a co-sponsored project of the Center for Sex and Culture, whose mission is to provide non-judgmental, sex-positive sexuality education and support to diverse populations.
For this project, RAWdance also welcomes the collaboration of its company members: Dudley Flores, Damara Ganley, Jessica Damon, Laura Johnson, and Laura Sharp.
Scripting Intimacies is intended for an adult audience.