The Furies is a series of short dance films that explore how social prohibitions against female anger limit self-actualization for women.
Aristotle talked about ‘appropriate anger’ and how moral indignation, if expressed at the right time, for the right reason, and towards the right entity, is a sign of virtue. He was, of course, talking about men, not women, but in The Furies, we are applying his concepts to women and, thus, reassigning women the virtue taken away from them when their angry and upset voices are silenced in favor of pleasantness and propriety.
Ultimately, The Furies is about female empowerment, which extends to the artists we collaborated with on the project. In order to explore how each character’s inner struggle could manifest in movement, I worked with three female choreographers (Paige Caldarella, Erin Kilmurray, and Kaitlin Webster) with different styles and aesthetics to set movement on five different female dancers.
This project is supported by an Individual Artist Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.