because she was

Cynthia Oliver (Choreographer), Jason Finkelman (Composer), Geoff Gersh (Composer), Adrienne McDonald (Costume designer)

Research output: Non-textual formChoreography


because she was is the solo iteration of the larger evening-length work SHEMAD, a meditation on black womanhood and madness. Oliver summons the worlds of women where their critique of one another can move from vicious to tender to humorous. She evokes the myth of the Djablesse and calls madness diagnoses into question, perhaps considering it's deployment a container for women's supernatural powers.
Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2001


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    Oliver, C., Aleong, R., Bueschel, C., Redding Jones, R., Wynn, M., Finkelman, J., Gersh, G. & Cohen, C., 2000

    Research output: Non-textual formChoreography

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