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C'est Moi: Women in Translation

Academy of Music Theatre

274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

This piece explores the many layers of modern and archetypal connection and relation between women.  How do women connect in a world that is constantly moving and which places social, temporal, sexual, moral and traditional restraints on them?  How does the energy of the sacred feminine morph, transform, and reconnect with itself in the midst of these limiting frameworks? In what way does the feminine emerge and become defined in this context? How do the archetypal energies of the feminine and masculine help to honor and transform these frameworks? How do two women moving through this world see, discover, play, connect with and authentically relate to each other in ways that shatter these boundaries and definitions and allow them to enter into a state of liminality?  What does this kind of creative, powerful, and transformative journey between two women look like?  

Explore the answer to these questions and more in the interdisciplinary performance piece C'est MoiWomen inTranslation, choreographed and performed by Tory Rosen and Diana Alvarez. 

Artist Bios:

Diana Alvarez is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet, musician, and interdisciplinary performance artist.  Diana's career as an artist began in Corpus Christi, TX, where she worked as a bilingual studio vocalist, performer, and recording engineer with SeaMyst Productions, the first woman-owned recording studio and music production company in South Texas.  The recipient of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, Diana's full-length chapbook, Consultations with Bruja Juana, was published in By Way Of by Toadlily Press.  Diana was most recently featured in The Best of Toadlily Press:  New and Selected Poems.  Diana has taught interdisciplinary writing workshops at Hampshire College and Mount Holyoke College, with acclaimed poet Thomas Lux and at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE).  A first-generation college graduate, Diana earned her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2008.  She works in the Office of Admission at Mount Holyoke College.

Tory Rosen is a graduate of the Sarah Lawrence MFA program in Poetry. She is an educator, artist, dancer, environmental justice advocate and poet.  She cares deeply about exploring the boundaries of interconnection between the human body, the artistic self, the health and wealth of community and the surrounding and life-enhancing natural environments in which we live and thrive.  She is a person who also cares deeply about sustainable practice:  whether green conservation initiatives, social justice initiatives, or arts programs that ensure equal-access to educational opportunities. She has taught a number of interdisciplinary creative arts workshops, including classes as a January Term poetry teacher at Mount Holyoke College and as a visiting writer at the Lebrón-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center at Hampshire College.  She was chosen, alongside Diana Alvarez, as a presenter at this year's National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education where she co-taught the writing & social identity workshop: Claim, Combat, Canta Your Poetic History.  In 2012 Tory also completed her MBA in Sustainability as a Presidential Merit Scholar at Antioch University.  She is currently the Sustainability Communications & Marketing Manager at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.