I am interested in the ways in which we perceive ourselves and the reactions that occur when we view ourselves through the “eyes of the ego.” I consider the ego the part of ourselves that continually makes us “better than” or “worse than” others, but never equally valuable and unique. This work stems from the following questions: In which ways do we compare ourselves to others? How does one respond to a compliment? Can you ever fully act as your true self? What is one’s reaction to attention--do you shy away? Shine? Feign modesty? Are we aware of our masquerading self?
Danspace Project at St. Marks Church, curated by Ishmael Huston Jones, NYC; 2011
Movement Research at the Judson Church, NYC; 2011
Molly Heller, Callie Ritter
Colleen, Laura Gibson with Ethan Rose; Adapted by Saul Ulerio
Bury Me In Lace (Excerpt)
Photos by Manny Palad
1984 celebrates birthdays and the emotional variance behind this yearly remembrance.
Mudson at the Masonic Temple with loveDANCEmore, SLC; 2014
University of Utah's Graduate Salon, Marriott Center for Dance; 2013
Michael Garber, Molly Heller, Breeanne Saxton
Pat Benetar, Bruce Springsteen, U2, 50 Cent
Photos by Ching-I Chang
This is your Paradise
Florian Alberge, Marissa Mooney, Breeanne Saxton with Natalie Border, Michael Crotty, Tim Hurrison, Wen-Hsin Liu, Katie Meehan, Allison Shir and Wenting Sun Puppeteer: Gretchen Reynolds
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, VT Date: October, 2015
The Green Building, Gowanus Art + Production, NYC Date: October, 2015
Ladies' Literary Club, SLC Date: November, 2014
Marshall Tucker Band, Neil Young, Peter, Paul and Mary
Mudson at the Masonic Temple with loveDANCEmore; 2013.
University of Utah's Fall Student Concert; 2013.
Gretchen Huff, Kylie Lloyd
Meet Me in the Air (Excerpt)
Photos by Sara Parker
Sister Golden Hair
Held, hold, harden, replace.
Skip. Free my golden child.
The University of Utah's Graduate Salon, 2013.
The University of Utah's SaltDanceFest 2013.
CCR, Neil Young
Sister Golden Hair (Excerpt)
Prison of Form
Internationally on-the-move artists, Juan M. Aldape and Molly Heller, began their choreographic venture together in the summer of 2009. After winning first place in the Audiences Award Artists show in Salt Lake City, they formed JuMo Dance and continued to create work, both as a collaborative team and as individual presenters. Their most recent joint project, The Grey Area, was nominated for “Best Choreography 2010” by the Salt Lake City Weekly. Their collaborations have been presented at Sugar Space Studio for the Arts, the Cunningham Studios, 2010 DUMBO Dance Festival and numerous venues throughout Utah.
Prison of Form:
As human beings we often experience the world as separate from the rest. We produce surrounding psycho-social barriers that prevent inter-personal intimacy. This self imposed imprisonment creates walls that protect one’s personal sense of territory and perceived reality. This can often result in a lived, distorted awareness accented by habitual spasmodic contractions and a bodily rigidity. Prison of Form places two individuals in an unknown territory where patterns of their own felt and known existence are challenged, and the consciousness of self is redeﬁned. Hidden between the unfolding tension, as both bodies tussle and chase after an elusive individual universe, an unavoidable tactility becomes detectable. The polarized, bordered, and seemingly unreasonable nature of their duality existence intensifies, wrought with thick tension. In both individuals and the space in which they occupy, a strangeness is palpable, an illusion of strangeness that is self-created, and is maintained in all of us.
Sugar Space Studio for the Arts, SLC; 2010
White Wave, DUMBO Dance Festival, Brooklyn, NY; 2010