All of the Accused

This is the first time I have made anything I would consider to be art on Aerial Silks. My definition of art: Something that is made with intention*addendum: intention other than money Newest Mantra: art is the antidote to capitalism. This is my art. It has a theme: represent the humans accused of witchcraft during the Trials in 1692 Salem I researched it: Witches by Stacey Schiff I created completely new choreography. Everything I performed was found organically, using the images evoked in Witches. I'd like to share some of those images...

“New Englanders lived very much in the dark, where one listens more acutely, feels most passionately, imagines more vividly, where the sacred and the occult thrive.”

“Where women are concerned, it is preferable that those powers manifest only when crisis strikes; the best heroine is the accidental one.”

“Salem is the story of what happens when a set of unanswerable questions meets a set of unquestioned answers”

“…complained of bites and pinches by ‘invisible agents’…they fell dumb. their bodies shuddered and spun. they went limp or spasmodically rigid.”

“agitations, writings, tumblings, tossing, wallowings, foamings.”

“fits were assumed to be sent by the devil.”

“A witch is one who can do or seems to do strange things, beyond the known power of art and ordinary nature, by virtue of a confederacy with evil spirits.”

“senseless trances, paralyzed limbs, fits, jaws clapped shut or grotesquely deformed, frothing, gnashing, violent shaking.”

“Women constituted ‘a foe to friendship, an inescapable punishment, a necessary evil, a natural temptation, a desirable calamity, a domestic danger, a delectable detriment.”

‘Could I be a witch and not know it?’

‘We are either saints or devils; the Scripture gives us no medium.’

“religion sometimes seemed a kind of halfway house between reason and superstition.”

“when diabolical machinations were what you were watching for, they quickly became what you saw”

“he bewitched girls exercised uncommon power”

“suspended by her neck, thrashing desperately, twitching spasmodically, finally dangling, still and silent, in mid-air.”

Anyway ... The moment you have all been waiting for ....

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