It's Like This Out There, It's Like This In Here
Concept/Choreography/Performer: Danielle Ross
Sound: Jesse Mejia + Stephanie Lavon Trotter
Performed in 2016 at FLOCK/Disjecta (as part of the Creative Music Guild's Improvisation Summit of Portland), Pieter Performance Space (LA), University of Nebraska (Lincoln), and Fresh Oysters Performance Research (Minneapolis)
It’s Like This Out There, It’s Like This in Here is an attempt at a performative feedback loop. This work was triggered as Ross sat in the opening night audience of her work Togetherness (2014) and contemplated the simultaneous attachment and detachment she was experiencing as the maker of the work. In the months ensuing, Ross returned to the studio and began experimenting with the evolution of artistic identity in one's work, self-documentation and self-definition in the performance space, generating feedback as you generate material, presence versus evaluation, and expressing self-identity while it remains in constant flux. It’s Like This Out There, It’s Like This in Here is a celebration of these sometimes impossible scores. It is additionally a performance that remains in progress, with no target of completion. It is meant to be a living container of scores that exists alongside Ross' other works - a true feedback loop. It is a practice, a performance, and an ongoing investigation.