Thu, October 24, 2019, 7:30 pm
Visionary artist, choreographer, writer, and educator, Liz Lerman will discuss her artistic process through the lens of her newest project Wicked Bodies. After a weeklong residency at Sonoma State to develop the piece and to work with faculty and students, Liz and her company will also share excerpts from the work.
Inspired by powerful and grotesque images of women’s bodies over multiple historic periods, Wicked Bodies is Liz Lerman’s new work-in-progress, reflecting on and addressing many issues about women and our bodies that have been constant and persistent for centuries. Fear of bodily functions, horror at what knowledge women might possess, disgust at the way women carry on daily existence, and the crumbling of beauty as women age.
Working with her design team, Liz is constructing the world of the witches through sound, video, lights, costumes, and magic both old and new. The piece will ask and explore big questions, offer insight into our current world, and have many beautiful moments.
Liz speaks of her work-in-progress, “I am deep in the research-and-development phase of Wicked Bodies. Each residency period allows me to focus on a particular aspect of the piece. Some stories stay, others fall away, but the process of holding things open often leads to new discoveries and more interesting material.”
Green Music Center, Weill Hall, Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue