Deconstructing Venus


Deconstructing Venus:
A moving female portrait

Performers: Iris Platt, Nell Pattee McCarty & Shelley White
Music: Jonathan Granoff
Photography: Elisa Gutierrez & Eric Bandiero

Throughout history, flowers and plants have been used as symbols to define the female body, femininity, and fertility. Reexamining the female form and its relationship to nature by contextualizing this idolization “Deconstructing Venus” creates a viscerally responsive, moving portrait of “womanhood” by utilizing a dance vocabulary developed from written texts and poems about the gender and sexuality of plant life; romanticizing and abstracting the female body in all of its flowering beauty.