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The Body Politic


Categories: Dance, Music

Dates: September 13, 2022 - September 20, 2022

Run Time: 45 mins

Venue: MAAS Building Studio


The Body Politic explores how individuals develop bodily techniques to negotiate with rigid regulations in totalitarian social environments. We question how highly concentrated power trickles down to private life and how tactics such as coercion, isolation, and fear-mongering affect the ways the physical bodies occupy time and space. 

This work features original music composed by award-winning composers Hannah Selin and Sepehr Pirasteh. The music incorporates recorded voices from political prisoners in Sepehr’s home country, Iran, as well as clips from US President Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell address. Woven together with synthesized and acoustic percussion sounds, the music oscillates between violence and stillness, pushing the boundary between technology and nature.

Yao Xu

Yao Xu is a choreographer, dancer, educator, and scholar. Growing up in China, Yao received rigorous training in Chinese concert dance, ballet, and modern dance, this diverse training background inspired Yao to contemplate the politics in the transmission of bodily techniques in her creative works. Yao has worked with internationally acclaimed choreographers such as Mark Haim, Pedro Ruiz, Wang Yabin, and Chang Xiaoni. After moving to the United States in 2015, Yao presented original dance works at the Queens Theater, Kaye Playhouse, Lincoln Center Education, and at the New York State Dance Education annual conferences in New York City. As Yao pursues her doctoral degree at Temple University, Yao continues to investigate the intersectionality of politics and aesthetics in dance.


Choreographer: Yao Xu, Composers: Sepehr Pirasteh and Hannah Selin, Dancers: Yuying Chen, Michaela Delaney Guthrie, Garamh Kim, Ella-Gabriel Mason, Sabrina Miller, Liz Siani, Boram Yi


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