Razor Burn: A Feminist Approach to Dance Pedagogy in Rehearsal and Performance
This case study investigated the rehearsal and performance of an original student-choreographed dancework entitled Razor Burn that explores themes such as the role of the “unapologetic woman” in American society, conventional standards of femininity in popular culture, and intersectional feminism.
The work was created as a final project for an undergraduate dance composition course and utilized elements of choreographic craft as well as movement development devices. Chief among these were gestures reflecting traditional views of feminine behaviors such as shaving, putting on makeup, posing, and grooming one's hair. The piece develops to resist these tropes with the dancers physicalizing "less acceptable" aspects of femininity including open legs, natural black hair, and the depiction of women aggressively eating hamburgers.
An abridged version of Razor Burn premiered in the spring of 2017 at a mid-size private institution’s annual Dance Composition Showcase and was fully produced the following fall at the school’s Mainstage Dance Concert. The piece was subsequently performed at several additional venues including a men's basketball game half-time event, a regional convening of the American College Dance Association Conference (ACDA), and an undergraduate research symposium. For a video link to Razor Burn please see here (password: burn).
For a student-created look inside Razor Burn please seehere.